Lotto America is currently available in 13 states in the U.S. While the game format remains the same in all participating states, there are some other differences, including how much tax you pay and where the revenue from lottery tickets goes. Select a state on the map below to view more information.
Delaware joined the original Lotto America in 1991 and was one of the 13 states that offered Hot Lotto when that game came to an end in 2017. Lotto America winners in Delaware have the option to remain anonymous if they wish to do so. Revenue from ticket sales is mainly used to pay out prizes and fund public services through the state’s General Fund, and more than $5 billion has been transferred to the fund since 1975. This money has been used for a variety of purposes, including to support public education and social services.More
The Idaho Lottery has transformed the state’s education since launching in 1989, with an emphasis on improving public schooling, colleges and universities through the Permanent Building Fund. Players in The Gem State cannot remain anonymous or play online, and the state is still awaiting its first jackpot winner since Lotto America relaunched in November 2017. Two-thirds of the revenue from the sale of lottery tickets in Idaho goes back to players as prize money, with another 21 percent going to good causes.More
In April 2023, a player from Iowa won $40.03 million – the biggest jackpot to have ever been seen in Lotto America. It was the state’s second jackpot won, after Davenport resident Charles Anderson’s $4.38 million payout in May 2018. You must be at least 21 years of age to play Lotto America in Iowa, unlike most other states, where the legal age is 18. You can, however, claim big prizes through a trust or limited liability company (LLC) to help maintain your anonymity.More
Kansas was one of the founder members of the Multi-State Lottery Association and one of the first to launch the original Lotto America. You must be 18 years of age to play the lottery in Kansas, and you can also remain anonymous if you win a big prize. You have a full year to claim any prizes. Around 27% of the lottery’s revenue is used to aid public services in the state, and the money has been used for a variety of purposes in the past, including correctional services, education, and public safety.More
A state that allows winners to keep a degree of anonymity by claiming prizes through a trust, Maine also gives its players a year to come forward to claim winnings. Revenue generated by The Pine Tree State has helped a variety of projects since 1974, ranging from the support of wildlife and conservational projects to helping local schools and health services in the area.More
Minnesota’s first ever jackpot winner in the revamped version of the game was Debbie Kujava, who claimed a $22 million prize in March 2018 alongside her brother. They had an agreement that if either of them won the jackpot, they would share it with the other. The state has one of the highest tax rates of any that participate in Lotto America, but over 24 percent of the lottery’s revenue goes towards the education, health and environment sectors in The North Star state.More
If you play Lotto America in Montana, you can pay for your ticket using an e-Playslip on your smartphone. This speeds things up when you get to the store as you can pay for the ticket beforehand and then just ask the cashier to print it for you by scanning the digital barcode you’re given. The money from Lotto America ticket sales in Montana is used to help fund public services in the state, and since the lottery was founded in 1986 over $300 million has been allocated to the state’s General Fund and the Montana STEM Scholarship program.More
New Mexico has the shortest claim period of all participating states, giving winners only 90 days to claim prizes. Players in The Land of Enchantment must go public with their winnings, and a Multi-Draw option is available, allowing ticket holders to play up to 20 consecutive drawings. Revenue from ticket sales is allocated to the Lottery Tuition Fund, which supports public education in New Mexico, and over $900 million has been distributed in this way since the lottery’s inception.More
A Pick & Click service is available online in North Dakota, allowing players to enter consecutive draws for up to a year. Ticket holders can remain anonymous if they win a prize in The Peace Garden State. Roughly $0.22 of every $1 spent on Lotto America is allocated to the state’s General Fund, benefitting a range of sectors including health and education services.More
Oklahoma has been one of the most successful states in Lotto America since its revival, and celebrated two jackpot wins in the space of a few months in December 2020 and July 2021. Oklahomans also take home tens of thousands of dollars in prize money in every Lotto America draw. Of the states that have their own tax, Oklahoma’s is one of the lowest rates, at just 4%. Money from the sale of lottery tickets supports a range of good causes in the state, including K-12 education, Career Tech, and teachers’ retirement plans.More
South Dakota is one of only two participating states that allows its winners to receive prize money tax-free, which can make a difference of millions of dollars when it comes to how much winners bank. As a result, many players from neighboring states cross into South Dakota to buy their tickets. Winners cannot remain anonymous in The Mount Rushmore State, however, and since Lotto America relaunched in 2017, revenue in South Dakota has helped a range of services and programs, including the Water & Environment Fund.More
If you play Lotto America in Tennessee, there’s good news in that your winnings are not subject to state tax. What’s more, you can add the ‘Quick Cash’ instant game to your Lotto America for the chance to win more prizes at the point of purchase. Rodney Young became Tennessee’s first Lotto America jackpot winner when he landed a prize more $9 million on April 1st 2020. The winning ticket was sold at Blue Wing Market, 5716 McMinnville Hwy. in Woodbury, TN.More
West Virginia allows big winners to remain anonymous, provided the value of the prize is more than $1 million. If you win less than this, your identity will still be a matter of public record. The first Lotto America jackpot to be won in West Virginia was a $4.2 million payout in August 2020, which went to a player who purchased their ticket at the Tobacco Barn in Milton, Cabell County. The money in the State Lottery Fund is used to support a wide range of good causes and public services, from skate parks to support for senior citizens.More
Lotto America was revived in October 2017 by the 13 states above, who all looked for a game to replace the outgoing Hot Lotto. New Hampshire was the 14th state that participated in Hot Lotto, but its entry into Lotto America was delayed while it launched another new game called Keno.
The state originally planned to offer Lotto America from February 2018, but in a NH Lottery Commission meeting in December, it was determined that the launch of Lotto America would be postponed indefinitely.