More Lottos in America
Lotto America is one of the most widely-played lotteries in the United States, but there are various other games offered across the country, including popular multi-state lotteries and state-specific games. Use the interactive map below to find out what lotteries are available in your state.
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With prizes that can climb into the tens of millions of dollars, Arizona’s own The Pick offers an exciting alternative to big jackpot lotteries such as Lotto America. There are also daily draw games such as Triple Twist, where every entry gets you three lines, and Fantasy 5, a popular choice for those who like playing traditional ‘match five’ games.
If you’re new to lotteries in Arizona, you should be aware that you need to be 21 years of age to play, unlike in most other states, where the legal age is 18. Money from every ticket you buy helps to benefit communities across Arizona, through community programs in a wide range of areas, from arts and education to environmental conservation.
As its name suggests, the mission of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is to further education causes throughout the state. It does this by encouraging players to buy tickets for exciting multi-state games like Powerball and Lucky for Life, as well as other lotteries exclusive to the state. The popular Natural State Jackpot is drawn every day Monday through Saturday, offering a jackpot that starts at $50,000 and great odds of hitting it.
Roughly 92 cents from every dollar spent on lottery tickets is given back in the form of prizes and funding for education. To date, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided over 300,000 scholarships to students in the state, spread across 47 universities, colleges, and technical schools.
Lotteries are incredibly popular in California, and the state is also home to some of the most famous winners in lottery history. Most notably, a Chino Hills couple took home a share of the world record $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016, and in December 2013 Steve Tran took home half of a $648 million Mega Millions jackpot, the biggest ever seen at the time.
Away from those big multi-state draws, the California Lottery offers a variety of its own games, including SuperLotto Plus, which has a starting jackpot of $7 million, and daily games such as Daily 3, Daily 4, and Daily Derby. California is also the only state in which lottery prizes must be pari-mutuel, meaning they are directly based on how many tickets are sold and how many winners there are in a particular draw. For that reason, prize amounts can vary from draw to draw.
The state of Colorado has spent a huge amount of money on developing its wilderness in recent decades, and a lot of that – over $3 billion, in fact – has come from the Colorado Lottery. Fifty percent of the revenue from the sale of lottery tickets in the state goes towards the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, 40 percent to the Conservation Trust Fund, and 10 percent to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which are all geared towards preserving the state’s wildlife and areas of natural beauty.
To generate money like that, the Colorado Lottery has to give people a reason to play, so it offers the big three multi-state games – Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky for Life – as well as its own range of games. Lotto offers the best value for money, as it costs just $1 to play for jackpots worth millions of dollars, while Cash 5 and Pick 3 both offer the chance to win prizes every day.
Like many lotteries, the CT Lottery offers a mix of multi-state and state-specific games, but Lucky Links is one of the most unique. The numbers you pick are arranged in a 3x3 grid and you win prizes by matching certain combinations of the winning line. There are eight different ways to win on a single game board, and you can walk away with up to $50,000.
The money raised by lottery ticket sales in Connecticut goes to the state’s General Fund to support a range of public services, including Medicaid, Higher Education, Debt Services and Corrections. The lottery was founded in 1972 and since then lottery players have generated more than $9.5 billion for services like these.
The Delaware Lottery offers a range of draw games, including Lotto America, giving players in The First State the opportunity to play for hundreds of millions of dollars every week. Delaware is still waiting for its first Lotto America jackpot winner but players in the state have seen success in other games, including the group of 33 co-workers that hit a $214 million Powerball jackpot in October 2004.
Players in Delaware were first introduced to Lotto America in 1991, but the lottery was founded over a decade earlier, in 1975. Since then, the lottery has contributed over $5 billion of its revenue to the state’s General Fund to help pay for vital public services such as education, public safety, and health and social services.
The Florida Lottery offers a wide range of games and has seen some big winners in the past, including David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith, who took home one third of the record $1.58 billion jackpot in January 2016. Its newest game is Jackpot Triple Play, which replaced Lucky Money in January 2019 and which offers players three chances to win a jackpot that starts at $500,000.
Players in Florida can also participate in four different ‘Pick’ games: Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5. Each one is played twice a day, once at midday and again in the evening, and between them they hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money on a daily basis.
Lottery winners in Georgia are awarded billions of dollars in prize money every year, thanks to multi-state games such as Powerball and Cash 4 Life, as well as exclusive games like Jumbo Bucks Lotto and Georgia 5. It is also one of only several states in which lottery games can be played online, making it easier than ever for players to enter the most popular games Georgia has to offer.
All this helps the Georgia Lottery raise hundreds of millions of dollars every year for education programs throughout the state. Its HOPE Scholarship program helps thousands of students attend college every year, while its Prekindergarten (Pre-K) program provides support for children just beginning their journey into education.
Idaho is one of the 13 states that offers Lotto America, and players in the Gem State can also participate in Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life. Of its own state-specific games, Idaho Cash is the most notable, with jackpots that start at $20,000 and tickets that cost just $1. The state also awards licenses for bingo and raffle games to qualifying charitable and non-profit organizations.
The Idaho Lottery gives around 65 percent of its revenue back to players in the form of prizes, with a further 21 percent dividend going to support education in the state. Past dividends have been used to fund everything from school surveillance systems to bus lanes.
The Illinois Lottery offers an exciting add-on called ‘Fireball’ to its Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. A Fireball number is selected after each standard draw, and if you opted in you can replace one of your other numbers with the Fireball number drawn, giving you even more chances to win. Adding Fireball doubles your wager but improves your odds of winning by 75 percent in Pick 4 and 66 percent in Pick 3.
The state also sells specialty tickets for several games designed to raise money for good causes. The MS Project offers prizes of up to $50,000 and all of the profits are used to help fight Multiple Sclerosis, while the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure aims to support breast cancer awareness, education and research in Illinois.
Indiana’s Hoosier Lotto has some of the biggest jackpots offered by any state-specific game in the U.S. The top prize starts at $1 million but with twice-weekly draws it can quickly climb into the tens of millions of dollars. You can also add Plus to your Hoosier Lotto ticket to have your numbers added into an extra draw for a further $1 million prize.
The popularity of lotteries in Indiana mean that over $1 billion is raised for public funds and services every year. Much of this money is distributed to local government around the state through the Build Indiana Fund, where it is used for public services, infrastructure, and the construction and maintenance of public buildings.
The Iowa Lottery was one of the founding members of the original Lotto America when it launched in 1988, and the state now participates in the revamped version of the game. It also offers big jackpot games like Mega Millions and the multi-state annuity game Lucky for Life, in which players can win a prize of $1,000 a day for life.
It also has a wide range of instant games, including scratch games, Pull-Tabs, and InstaPlay, with which you can win tens of thousands of dollars on the spot. If draw games are more your thing, you can play Pick 3 and Pick 4 twice a day for as little as 50 cents a time.
Another one of Lotto America’s founder states, Kansas has since launched many different draw games, including Super Kansas Cash, which offers jackpots starting at $100,000 and tickets that cost $1 for two lines. There’s also 2by2, where you have to pick two combinations of two numbers and match them in different ways to win. The overall odds of winning are about as low as you will get with any draw game, at 1 in 3.59.
The Kansas Lottery has crowned over 100 millionaires since 1988, including an anonymous Franklin County resident who took home one third of a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012. The biggest win before that went to Donald Damon of Great Bend, who was the sole winner of a $96 million Powerball jackpot in November 2009.
Kentucky’s 5 Card Cash is a unique game that combines a traditional draw lottery with five-card poker. You are given a Quick Pick of five random playing card symbols (from the 52 that make up a standard deck of cards) and you have two chances to win. If your five cards form one of nine different types of poker hands – from a pair all the way up to a Royal Flush – you win a prize instantly. You can then win further prizes by matching your cards with the winning ones in that day’s draw.
If your tastes are more conventional, the Kentucky Lottery also offers popular multi-state games like Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as other signature games, such as Cash Ball 225 and its newest game, Quick Bucks.
Louisiana Lotto doesn’t have the biggest jackpot out there but it has great odds of hitting it compared to some other lottery games. The most notable winners are Harold and Tina Ehrenberg, who won over $1.7 million in November 2018, claiming their prize just two weeks before the deadline.
Lotto is just one of the games that helps raise millions of dollars for the Louisiana State Treasury every year. The first $500,000 of this money goes to the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Behavioral Health to help combat gambling problems in Louisiana, and the rest is used to support K-12 public education. More than $3.5 billion has been raised since the lottery was formed in 1991.
Maine is one of three members of the Tri-State Lottery, alongside New Hampshire and Vermont. It was the first-multi state lottery to be formed, before the advent of Lotto America, Powerball, or Mega Millions. The biggest game is Tri-State Megabucks Plus, which offers a starting jackpot of $1 million and twice-weekly drawings.
Because it offers Megabucks Plus, the Maine Lottery doesn’t have its own signature Lotto, but instead focusses on the big jackpots of multi-state games, including Lotto America. It also has the standard Pick 3 and Pick 4 draw games, in which you can win prizes by matching three or four numbers in various combinations.
In the Maryland Lottery’s Multi-Match, you get to play 18 numbers for just $2, and you play for a jackpot that starts at $500,000 and rolls over every time it is not won. You pick your first six numbers and then you get two further Quick Picks, with the aim of matching one of these lines with the six winning numbers.
Bonus Match 5 is a game in which you can win up to $50,000 every day of the week. It has great odds, as you only have to match five numbers from 39, and the Bonus Ball gives you even more opportunities to win a prize.
Megabucks Doubler and Mass Cash are the signature games of the Massachusetts lottery. Mass Cash is a daily game with a top prize of $100,000 and good odds, while Megabucks Doubler offers millions of dollars in prize money in its twice-weekly draw. Massachusetts also participates in the big multi-state lotteries Mega Millions and Powerball, and the annuity game Lucky for Life.
Funds raised by the sale of lottery tickets are not used for any specific purpose, but are allocated to towns and cities to be used at their discretion. Around $1 billion in profit is returned to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in this way every year.
Lottery players in the state of Michigan benefit from a wide range of games and the ability to play them online. Lotto47 is the state’s biggest signature game and, as its name suggests, awards jackpots to those who can match six numbers from a pool of 47. Double Play and EZmatch give lottery players in Michigan extra chances to win.
If you like to play at a faster pace, Club Keno drawings take place every few minutes, seven days a week. The game offers a lot of choice, as you can choose how many numbers (known as ‘spots’) you want to match, up to a maximum of 10. If you play a 10-spot game, match all 10 numbers and play the additional Kicker multiplier, you could win up to $20 million in an instant.
Another one of Lotto America’s participating states, Minnesota offers a mix of state-specific and multi-state draw games. Northstar Cash is one of the Minnesota Lottery’s signature games and has the best odds of any that it offers. Drawings are held every day and the minimum jackpot is $25,000.
The Minnesota Lottery has raised around $3 billion for good causes in the state. These funds are distributed to programs in a range of sectors, from projects that aim to preserve and protect Minnesota’s wildlife and areas of natural beauty to those that support education and public safety in the state. Around 10 percent of the lottery’s revenue is used to cover costs, and the rest is given back to the state and its residents.
Previously one of the few states not to have its own lottery, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation was finally established in 2018 after a bill was signed by Governor Phil Bryant. The first games to go on sale were scratch-offs in November 2019, before Powerball and Mega Millions tickets went on sale on 30th January 2020.
The Mississippi Lottery’s main focus is to boost the state’s infrastructure, with the first $80 million in proceeds every year going towards the renovation of roads and bridges. Any proceeds above $80 million are given to the Education Enhancement Fund.
Missouri’s Lotto with EZMatch gives you two chances to win. If you opt in to EZMatch you can win up to $500 on the spot, and you can then win again when the draw takes place. The Lotto jackpot starts at $1 million and rolls over if no one wins, and it has even exceeded $5 million on a number of occasions – a good return considering the odds of winning it are around 1 in 3.5 million.
Games such as Lotto, Show Me Cash, and Club Keno help the MO Lottery raise hundreds of millions of dollars for public education every year. Since the lottery’s formation in 1986, it has distributed more than $6 billion to good causes, and lottery proceeds represent around four percent of the funding for the state’s schools.
In addition to its participation in big draw games like Lotto America and Powerball, the Montana Lottery hosts special Montana Millionaire raffles throughout the year, offering a top prize of $1 million in every one. These raffles are not scheduled for a specific date, and with limited tickets on offer for each one, they are truly special events.
The lottery also has its own signature draw games, including Montana Cash, a traditional five from 45 game with a starting jackpot of $40,000 and twice-weekly draws. Its odds are attractive, offering a 1 in 5.7 chance of winning one of the four different prizes.
The Nebraska Lottery might not have the biggest range of games, but it has something for every player, offering the chance to win huge jackpots with Mega Millions and Powerball, a guaranteed income for life with Lucky for Life, as well as quick wins and short odds with Pick 3 and 2by2.
MyDay Nebraska is a lotto game with a difference. Rather than picking numbers to play, you pick a date: a two-digit month, a two-digit day, and a year. You then win prizes by matching the winning date in certain combinations. For example, if the year you pick is the same as the year of the winning date, you win $7. If you match the winning date in full – month, day, and year – you win the top prize of $5,000.
The USA’s first state lottery now offers a range of multi-state and state-specific games, including Tri-State Megabucks, which is played with Maine and Vermont and offers millions of dollars in prize money in every draw. Although New Hampshire was a member of Hot Lotto when it ended, it declined to join the relaunched Lotto America alongside the 13 other Hot Lotto member states.
New Hampshire hit the headlines in 2018 when it was ruled that a winner of a $560 million Powerball jackpot could remain anonymous, even though the lottery’s regulations stated that they must go public. The matter was taken to court in a case that many commentators said could set a precedent for future lottery winners, with the judge eventually ruling that the winner had the right to remain anonymous.
The NJ Lottery was one of the first to lobby for the permission to sell both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets, which led to those lotteries being played in dozens of states across the U.S. Those games are still played in New Jersey, in addition to its own games, such as NJ Cash 5 with Extra. Cash 5 is a standard draw game in which you try to match five numbers from 43, and the Extra add-on gives you the chance to increase your winnings by up to five times their original value.
Revenue from the sale of lottery tickets in New Jersey supports a variety of good causes and programs in the state, from those that promote healthy eating in schools to tuition aid and the operation of psychiatric hospitals.
Although it was not one of the original members of Lotto America, the New Mexico Lottery joined the revived version of the game when Hot Lotto came to an end. It also offers its own games, including Roadrunner Cash, named after New Mexico’s state bird rather than the cartoon character, and Lucky Numbers Bingo, which offers prizes ranging from $1 to $10,000 in every game.
All of the New Mexico Lottery’s profits go towards funding scholarships for students across the state, whether they’re enrolling in public colleges, universities, or technical colleges. The state’s student population has benefitted to the tune of more than $800 million to date.
The New York Lottery is one of the most popular state lotteries in the U.S. and has seen some big winners in its time, including the winners of a $437 million Mega Millions jackpot who claimed the prize under the company name ‘New Life 2019, LLC’ in January 2019. New York has a lottery game to suit any taste, from the multi-state giants to fast-paced games like Numbers and Win 4, which are played twice a day and offer many ways to win.
A huge amount of money – over $64 billion – has been raised to support New York’s K-12 public education system since 1967. The money is distributed to counties across the state to be used for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of school facilities and education programs.
Carolina Cash 5 is one of the NC Education Lottery’s most popular games, and it offers the chance to win a jackpot starting at $50,000 for just a $1 stake. It is played on a daily basis and requires you to match just two numbers to win a prize, with overall odds of 1 in 7.77. North Carolina has seen some big jackpot winners over the years, including one resident who took home a share of a $564 million Powerball jackpot.
Most of the revenue from the sale of lottery tickets is used to pay out prizes and fund schools across North Carolina. Over half of this money goes towards paying for non-instructional support personnel, which includes custodial and clerical staff, while 17 percent goes to school construction. The remaining money is split between funding at a prekindergarten level, college scholarships, and aid for students enrolled at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
North Dakota is one of the few states that does not have its own signature lotto. Instead, it offers a range of multi-state games, including Lotto America, Powerball, and 2by2, which is also played in Kansas and Nebraska. The state is still waiting for its first big jackpot winner, although it has paid out million-dollar Powerball prizes in the past.
Over half of the lottery’s revenue is used for prize payouts, with a further 22 percent transferred to the state’s General Fund to help pay for vital public services in North Dakota. A small percentage of the revenue goes to the Compulsive Gambling Prevention and Treatment Fund, and another small portion to the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Grant Fund.
The jackpot in Ohio’s Classic Lotto starts at $1 million and rolls over by a minimum of $100,000 every time it is not won. It can easily run into the tens of millions of dollars this way. Drawings take place three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and you can add Kicker to your ticket for an extra $1.
The Kicker drawing takes place straight after the main Classic Lotto draw, and to win, you have to match the random six-digit Kicker number on your ticket with the winning number in exactly the same order. Prizes start at $10, and if you match all six Kicker numbers exactly, you win the top prize of $100,000.
In addition to Lotto America, Oklahoma offers a range of traditional multi-state and state-specific games, including Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, and Cash 5. Drawings of the latter are held on a daily basis and the Oklahoma Lottery guarantees that all jackpot winners take home $25,000 by paying all applicable state and federal taxes.
Profits from the sale of lottery tickets in Oklahoma go to the Education Trust Fund, which supports education at a range of levels across the Sooner State. The majority of the money goes to elementary and secondary education, but teachers’ retirement plans, STEM education, and higher education all benefit from the funding too.
Oregon’s Game Megabucks has created over 240 millionaires since it was introduced over 30 years ago, and was the first lottery game in the United States to ever offer jackpot winners the choice between annuity and lump sum payouts. It still offers some of the biggest prizes in the state, with jackpots that start at $1 million and which roll over if not won.
Lucky Lines is a fun game in the style of tic-tac-toe. To play, you choose eight numbers and arrange them around the perimeter squares of a 3x3 grid. The objective is to make horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines by matching the numbers in your grid with the winning ones. The center square in the grid is left free and can be matched with any number to create a line. There are eight different ways to win and prizes worth up to $10,000 in each draw.
The Pennsylvania Lottery offers a mix of big jackpot games and fast-paced, multi-win games like Keno and Pick 3. Its Match 6 Lotto has the biggest prizes of any of its state-specific games, with jackpots that start at $500,000 and which run into millions of dollars as they roll over.
Combined Play adds a unique element to Pennsylvania’s Match 6 Lotto. Every entry consists of three lines of six numbers – you choose one line yourself and receive two further Quick Picks – and with Combined Play, if you match the winning numbers across all three of your lines, in any combination, you win prizes. For example, if four of your 18 numbers match four of the winning numbers, you win $2, in addition to any prizes you win in the main draw.
Wild Money is a traditional draw game in which you must pick five numbers between 1 and 35 and an Extra Ball from the remaining 30 numbers. Matching all five main numbers (without the Extra Ball) lands the jackpot, which starts at $20,000 and in the past has climbed to more than $600,000.
A big percentage of the Rhode Island Lottery’s revenue – over 80 percent – is used to pay out prizes, with just under 10 percent given back to the state’s General Fund to be used to pay for vital public services. Over half of that money goes to the RI Department of Human Services, which provides support to the state’s citizens, including children, families and veterans.
The SC Education Lottery’s own Lotto game is called Palmetto Cash 5, and it is a simple ‘match 5’ type of lottery offering prizes up to $100,000. For an extra $1, you can add ‘Power-Up’ to your Palmetto Cash 5 ticket, which can multiply any prize money you win by up to 10 times its original value, in the same way that Power Play does for Powerball.
Like many other state lotteries, South Carolina uses the revenue from lottery tickets to fund education. The majority of the money is used to fund higher education programs and scholarships, with the remaining funds split between K-12 and community education programs. Over $5 billion has been raised for education in the state since 2002.
Another of Lotto America’s participating states, South Dakota also takes part in Mega Millions and Powerball, in addition to its own flagship lottery, Dakota Cash 5. It’s a ‘match 5’ game in which you must pick five numbers and match as many of them with the winning line as possible. Matching all five wins you a jackpot that starts at $20,000.
You can also add EZMatch to your Cash 5 ticket for an additional $1 per play. If you do, you will get five EZMatch numbers printed on the bottom of your ticket. If any of them match the numbers you chose to play in the main Cash 5 draw, you win a prize of up to $100 on the spot.
The Tennessee Lottery has committed around $5 billion to education in the state, helping thousands of students further their studies by funding scholarships, grants, and after-school programs. Its Helping Heroes Grant is in place to help honorably-discharged veterans pursue an education after their service, offering an award of $1,000 per semester to eligible students.
Exciting multi-state games and state-specific lotteries help make this funding possible. Tennessee Cash is the state’s signature game and offers great odds of winning, as you only have to match five numbers plus the Cash Ball to win the jackpot.
Lotto Texas has longer odds than some other lottery games, but it also has bigger prizes. Match six numbers from 54 to take home the jackpot, which can run into tens of millions of dollars. Texas Two Step is played in a similar way but offers even better odds of winning. You have to match just four numbers plus the Bonus Ball to win a jackpot that starts at $200,000.
The Texas Lottery is one of the biggest state lotteries in the U.S. and has generated billions in funding for good causes since its inception in 1992. The majority of the money is given to the Foundation School Fund to support public education, and some goes to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA).
Vermont is a member of the Tri-State Lottery, along with Maine and New Hampshire, and like those states its flagship game is Tri-State Megabucks. With jackpots that start at $1 million and good odds of winning a prize, there’s a reason it is one of the most popular lotteries in Vermont.
Gimme 5 is another Tri-State Lottery game, with a jackpot of $100,000 and drawings that take place three times a week. Vermont also participates in multi-state games like Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky for Life, and offers its own Pick 3 and Pick 4 games, with drawings taking place twice a day. The majority of the revenue from ticket sales goes back to players as prize money, and the Vermont Education Fund receives another big share of the proceeds.
Bank a Million is the Virginia Lottery’s way of guaranteeing a million-dollar prize. It is a standard draw game in which you choose six numbers between 1 and 40 and try to match them with the winning line. You can choose how much to wager, from $0.50 to $2, and the prize money depends on the stake. If you place the maximum $2 stake and match all six numbers, you win $1 million after tax. The Virginia Lottery will pay all due taxes on the prize to guarantee that winners ‘bank a million’.
Players in Virginia have a range of games to choose from, in addition to Bank a Million. There are the usual multi-state jackpot games, and there’s Cash 4 Life for those who like the idea of winning an annuity that pays out over several decades. If you like smaller, more frequent payouts and more chances to play, Pick 3 and Pick 4 are played twice every day and offer many different ways to win.
Washington’s Lotto has a starting jackpot of $1 million, which rolls over and increases by $100,000 every time it is not won. It is one of the most inexpensive Lotto games you will find, as it costs just $1 for two lines. The aim is to match six numbers between 1 and 49, but prizes can be won for matching as few as three numbers.
Around 60 percent of the revenue from ticket sales is used to pay prizes out, with another 20 percent going to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA) to support initiatives such as the State Need Grant, which provides financial aid to students, and the State Work Study Program, which helps low- and middle-income students find work while studying.
There’s a 1 in 8 chance of winning a prize with West Virginia’s Cash 25, making it one of the easier draw games to win. You pick six numbers from a pool of just 25 and must match all six to win the top prize of $25,000. Drawings are held four times a week and it costs just $1 per play to enter. With an average of two jackpot winners every month, it pays to play Cash 25.
That game, along with big multi-state games like Mega Millions and Powerball, helps to generate millions of dollars for education in West Virginia every year. The WV Lottery has contributed more than $3 billion to schools and education since 1986, from pre-school right through to college students. The money has been used for everything from school construction to technology upgrades.
The Wisconsin Lottery offers a range of games exclusive to the state, including Wisconsin’s Megabucks, SuperCash!, and Badger 5. All are standard draw games and offer starting jackpots that range from $10,000 to $1 million. You can also find some great odds of winning; the overall odds of winning a prize in Badger 5, for instance, are just 1 in 5.7.
Wisconsin is unique in that it uses the profit from ticket sales to provide tax relief for homeowners. Any revenue left after prizes and expenses have been paid is used to fund Property Tax Credits, which eligible homeowners in the state can take advantage of when they file their tax returns. Over $4 billion has been returned to homeowners since the lottery’s inception in 1988.
Cowboy Draw is the Wyoming Lottery’s flagship game and offers the chance to win a jackpot that starts at $250,000. Pick five numbers from 1 to 45 and hit two or more of them to win a prize. It costs $5 for two lines and has great odds, with a 1 in 6 chance of winning any prize.
While Cowboy Draw is the only exclusive game available in Wyoming, the state also participates in the multi-state lotteries Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky for Life, offering the choice between playing for huge jackpots or prizes that pay out over a lifetime. The WY Lottery is one of the more recent to begin operations, with the first tickets going on sale in August 2014. Since then there have been around four million winners in the state.