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Hot Lotto game’s days are numbered

Aug 04, 2017

By Gazette Des Moines Bureau


CLIVE — Officials with the Iowa Lottery announced plans Thursday to revamp some of the lotto games available – most notably calling an end to their Hot Lotto game this fall.

The lotteries in Iowa and 13 other U.S. states that sell the $1 game have decided to end it and the final Hot Lotto drawing is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, said lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer. The game offering Powerball-style play but with easier odds and jackpots starting at $1 million got its start back in April 2002, she said.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich noted that lotteries routinely replace existing games with newer offerings over time to keep their line-up fresh as part of their business decisions and plans are in the works for a new $1 draw game that will debut later this year.

While Hot Lotto initially sold well and the game was updated a few times through the years to offer new features, Rich said, its sales have tapered off over time. The game most recently was changed in 2013 to feature a cash-only jackpot with withholding taxes paid.

“Any game has a life span,” Rich said. “Lotteries are always looking for new ways to provide variety and choices for our players, and we do our best to update our game offerings over time. It takes months if not years of planning and programming to bring about changes in our lotto games, like this decision to end the Hot Lotto game.”

Iowa Lottery players have won eight jackpots in Hot Lotto through the years, including the largest prize offered in the game to date. That $19.97 million jackpot was won in January 2007 by John Hall of Indianola.

Lottery players in Iowa will have time to claim prizes won in Hot Lotto after the game ends. Prizes in Hot Lotto are valid in Iowa for up to 365 days from the date of the drawing in which they were won.

Iowa players also should be aware that while they have been able to buy plays in Hot Lotto for up to 10 drawings in advance, the number of advance plays will gradually decrease as the end of the game approaches and the number of remaining drawings counts down.

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