Lotto America is currently available to play in 13 states, all of which started offering the game after a previous lottery called Hot Lotto came to an end (see our History page for more information).
Where You Can Play
You can play in all of the following 13 states:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Having a number of different state lotteries all contributing to the prize fund means that more impressive prizes can be offered.
The original idea behind Lotto America was to offer a medium-level jackpot game to smaller states, standing at a level between the modest prizes available on their local games and the gigantic jackpots of Powerball and Mega Millions.
Whereas lotteries in large states such as California, Florida and Texas can fund their own multimillion-dollar games, there just aren’t enough potential players in jurisdictions like Delaware and Maine. Lotto America provides players in these areas the chance to win seven or eight-figure prizes at much more competitive odds than the two nationwide lotteries.
Why Didn’t New Hampshire Join?
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 the previous game, 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 state’s launch was to be pushed back to June 2018.
State Lottery Rules
Each state lottery has its own rules about the period of time in which claims must be made, the taxes levied on prizes and the age you must be to play Lotto America. See the Rules page for more information.