General information about America Lotto
This is the US based lottery game that was launched in November, 2017, or 2 years, 8 months and 20 days ago. In fact, this is a lottery with a very rich history, and November 2017 is just when its new format was introduced. American Lotto is currently available to the residents of almost the whole country. Previously, the lottery was known as Lotto*America. The game-play format used to be different: its first version was a $1-per-play, pick-7-of-40 game. The lottery is operated by Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). In fact, Lotto America was the first lottery game offered by MUSL. In case you want to know more about Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), here is their official website: http://www.lottoamerica.com. Lotto America results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) can be reached via the following contact details:
- Adress: 1200 35th St., Ste. 701 West Des Moines, IA 50266-1908
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 515-221-9600
Keep in mind that players must be 21 (Iowa) or 18 (all other participating states) or over to play.
Check Lotto America results
Lotto America results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in Tallahassee. At the moment, draws are held twice a week. To be more precise, they are held on Wednesday and Saturday, at 11 p.m. ET. The numbers are drawn using two drawing machines. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on November 15, 2017, or 2 years, 8 months and 20 days ago.
How it works: picking up Lotto America numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 5 / 52 + 1 / 10. As you can see, players are to choose five main Lotto America numbers from the range between 1 and 52 Lotto America numbers. Also, according to America Lotto rules, one bonus number is to be additionally picked up from the range of 1 - 10. As you might know, the bonus number is called Star Ball.
America Lotto winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers nine prize categories. A great news is that in case no winner is found, the American Lotto top prize rolls over to the next draw. For now, it accounts for $2 million. As of the lottery's biggest jackpot, it is too early to talk about it as there have been no big winners so far. As the review was being written, however, the estimated jackpot had reached the amount of $17.46 million. Not bad! As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 25,989,600. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the five main and one bonus Lotto America numbers. For more information, please look at the table below:
% of Prize Pool
5 + 1
1 : 25,989,600
1 : 2,887,733
4 + 1
1 : 110,594
1 : 12,288
3 + 1
1 : 2,404
1 : 267
2 + 1
1 : 160
1 + 1
1 : 29
0 + 1
1 : 17
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 9,6.
America Lotto prices
The minimum cost of playing is $1. An important thing to mention is that players have an opportunity to increase their winning odds using the lottery’s multiplier feature, namely All-Star Bonus. This option multiplies non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times and costs $1 in addition to the price of the main ticket. No add-on games are provided, however.
Hot and cold Lotto America numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 06, 18, 09, 27, and 44. The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 23, 50, 38, 37, and 02.
Payouts of America Lotto prizes
In case you happen to win American Lotto jackpot, be ready to decide between the lump sum and annual payments. Annuity option entitles players with 30 payments over 29 years, while the cash lump sum amounts to approximately a half of the advertised jackpot. Prizes of other categories may be claimed at lottery stores, regional offices, or the headquarters, depending on the winning amount. Apart from this, winnings can be claimed by mail. Unfortunately, American Lotto winnings are subject to taxation: for the US citizens, this is 25% federal tax for prizes over $5,000, as well as the state tax (depending on the state). One more thing to take into account is that all the prizes are to be claimed within the period from 90 days to one year (again, depending on the state) from the day of the draw or otherwise the winning ticket expires, regardless of Lotto America results.