Lotto America FAQs
Your questions about Lotto America are answered right here. All the most common queries about the game are listed below and you can browse through them to find out about the subject you are interested in.
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When are Lotto America drawings?
Drawing days for Lotto America are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Draws are held at 10:15pm Eastern Time.
What is the cut-off time for ticket sales?
The deadline for buying tickets varies from state to state, but typically it is one to two hours before the draw time. Head over to the Participating States page to find out the cut off time in your state.
When is the next Lotto America drawing?
The next Lotto America draw is set to take place on Saturday, September 23.
Why did Lotto America return after 25 years?
When a new multi-state lottery was being considered by organizers following the decision to axe Hot Lotto, 'there was one name that kept coming up' according to Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. It was therefore decided to 'go vintage', with a comeback for Lotto America and new features introduced.
How do I win prizes?
To win the jackpot, all six of your numbers must be the same as the winning numbers that are drawn. There are also eight other ways to win if you match fewer numbers.
What are the odds of winning?
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 25,989,600. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 9.63. Go to the Odds page to find out the chances of winning in each category, plus all the prizes you can win.
How do I know if I have won something?
There are several ways to find out if you are a winner. You can go to a lottery retailer, view the latest numbers, or use the Lotto America Checker.
How do I claim a prize if I win?
You can claim prizes in a number of ways, depending on how much you have won and where you bought your ticket. These methods include claiming from a retailer, a lottery office, or by mail. Go to the How to Claim page for more information.
Can I stay anonymous if I win?
You can stay anonymous if you win the jackpot in Delaware, Kansas or North Dakota. In other states, you will be required to go public.
Is there an annuity option in Lotto America?
Yes. If you win the jackpot you can decide whether to take the money as a cash lump sum or an annuity. Take a look at the Jackpot Analysis to see the annuity and cash amounts for the current jackpot.
Are Lotto America prizes taxed?
Yes. All prizes above $5,000 are subject to federal tax at a rate of at least 24 percent. You may also be charged at state level, depending on where you are playing.
What is the minimum jackpot?
The starting jackpot for Lotto America is $2 million, although it could potentially be lower if ticket sales are not high enough to support this value.
What is the biggest jackpot ever?
The biggest Lotto America jackpot of all time was $40 million. It was won on April 1, 2023, by a ticket holder from Dubuque County in Iowa. Go to the Biggest Jackpots page to learn about the biggest winners of the game.
How much is the current Lotto America jackpot?
The Lotto America jackpot is currently worth $2,250,000. The cash lump sum amount is worth $1,070,000.