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Hot Lotto multi-state lottery game to end in October

Aug 9, 2017, 8:15 am

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Hot Lotto

By Todd Northrop

Hot Lotto, a multi-state lottery draw game currently played in 14 states, will end this October. The final Hot Lotto drawing will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 28.

"It is normal practice in the lottery industry to change your gaming mix and keep products fresh in the field. Based on overall performance after 15 years, it was time to make a change," West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick said. "The 14 lotteries that offer Hot Lotto are working on new game options that will be more popular with our players and that includes a new $1 draw game that will launch later this year."

Because of the end date, the participating state lotteries have begun to step down advance ticket sales of the Hot Lotto game and multi-draw purchases will not be available past Oct. 24.

Prize money not awarded at the conclusion of the Hot Lotto game will be returned to players as prizes in other lottery products by the participating jurisdictions.

Hot Lotto drawings are conducted every Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 10:40 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets cost $1 per play and $2 with the Sizzler option. The jackpot is a cash-only prize with state and federal withholding taxes paid.

The first Hot Lotto drawing was on April 10, 2002. The largest jackpot produced by the Hot Lotto game was a $19.82 million grand prize awarded on Jan. 13, 2007.

The game was at the center of perhaps the biggest lottery scandal of all time, after Hot Lotto changed over from real lotto ball drawings to computerized drawings (where a computer picks random drawing numbers). It was discovered through dogged investigation by the Iowa Lottery that Eddie Tipton rigged a $16 million Hot Lotto drawing in Dec. 2010, taking advantage of the fundamentally-flawed idea of computerized drawings.

Later, investigators uncovered multiple other computerized drawings rigged by Tipton in various states. Tipton faces up to 25 years in prison for the crimes.

Although the state lotteries replaced the computerized drawing machines with others they say Tipton did not rig, the Hot Lotto game suffered and did not recover from the lack of player confidence caused by the rigging of the computerized drawings.

Although the end of Hot Lotto closes the book on that one game, lottery players continue to prod state lotteries to end the practice of computerized drawings. Lottery Post has been a public advocate of ending computerized drawings since 2005, when it predicted the exact scenario that took place in the Eddie Tipton drawing scandal.

Timeline of the biggest crime in US lottery history

The following is a compilation of Lottery Post news coverage chronicling the Hot Lotto mystery and subsequently discovered crime.

We start the timeline with a news story indicating that only 3 months remained for the $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot to be claimed.








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