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The Hoosier Lotto of Indiana is operated by the State of Indiana and is the only USA Lottery company that uses its State nickname as the name of its lottery –  as opposed to the actual name of the State itself.

The Indiana State Lottery started when state citizens voted in November 1988 in favor of having a lottery. This was passed into law in May 1989 and the very first Hoosier lottery tickets were ghen put on sale on Fri.October 13th 1989.

Friday the 13th…

Friday the 13th! Prospective Indiana Lottery players must have been feeling lucky!

The first Indiana Lotto tickets sold were scratch-off tickets and on that first day – an impressive 8.19 MILLION tickets were sold.

Indiana like to offer a good return and so sixty one cents out of every US$ 1.00 spent on its lotteries goes right back to the players. That's a total of more than US$ 10.7 BILLION being paid straight back to winners pockets as of June 2015!

The Hoosier Lottery offers various different games in its overall portfolio including the Multi-State Powerball of which the state is a member, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, Daily 3, Daily 4, Cash 5, Quick Draw, scratch-offs and its primary jackpot lotto game which we will be looking at in more detail here….the Hoosier Lotto.

Hoosier Lotto Overview

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The Hoosier Lotto is a traditional lotto style jackpot game and is the most popular Indiana State lottery game played every week.

The Hoosier Lottery’s first lotto style game was Lotto Cash which started in April 1990 with the initial draw taking place on May 5th.

The current Hoosier Lotto replaced the Lotto Cash game back in September 1994 and is one of the most innovative lotteries in the USA. It is designed to have more winners and large jackpots and to this end it is the only USA Lottery to offer its players a prize for matching just 2 out of the 6 winning numbers drawn.

The Hoosier Lotto offers a total of five different ways in which you can win – 2 or more numbers matched will win you a prize.

The Hoosier Lottery jackpot begins at US$ 1 MILLION and remains at that figure for the first 2 draws before increasing by US$ 1/2 MILLION each time that the top prize is not won by way of a jackpot rollover making for some very large wins to play for.

The Indiana State Lottery makes draws for the Hoosier Lotto twice per week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11.00pm local time and you can check the winning Indiana Lottery numbers on the official website – hoosierlottery.com.

Hoosier Lotto How it Works

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The Hoosier Lotto uses what’s known as a 6/48 matrix which means that when playing, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 48 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a lucky Hoosier Lotto jackpot winner.

A Quick Pick facility is also available when playing Hoosier Lottery games very similar to the “Lucky Dip” that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s EuroMillions – which means that you can get the computer terminal to select all your Indiana Lottery numbers for you.

Win With Just 2 Numbers!

There are other thousands of other cash prizes to be won too if you match either 5 of the numbers drawn, 4 numbers, 3 numbers and the Hoosier Lotto is the only jackpot lotto game in the USA where you can also win by matching just 2 numbers!

So playing the Indiana State Lottery Hoosier Lotto is simple just select your own 6 numbers or let the computer generate them automatically for you using its random number generator.

Each entry on the Hoosier Lotto game will cost you just US$ 2.00.

An EXTRA Chance to win with +PLUS!

An exciting addition to the Hoosier Lotto is the +PLUS option whihc provides you with a 2nd chance to win a jackpot prize!

For an extra US$ 1.00 you can also win these non-jackpot prizes of up to US$ 5,000 as well as a US$ 1 MILLION jackpot.

The +PLUS draw is a 2nd drawing that takes place immediately after the main Hoosier Lotto draw and comprises of a completely separate set of 6 winning lottery numbers.

Whether you play the standard Hoosier Lotto or Hoosier Lotto with +PLUS your entry also gets a built-in prize multiplier which will increase the value of your win by either 1x, 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x.

Hoosier Lotto Who Can Play?

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As with nearly all of the State Lottery games in the past only citizens living in the State of Indiana were allowed to play in any of the Hoosier Lottery games including the Hoosier Lotto and tickets had to be purchased on the streets from an authorized lottery ticket retailer based solely in the State of Indiana itself.

Now however with the welcome presence of authentic and authorized online lottery ticket sales agencies such as TheLotter you are able to pick your Indiana Lottery numbers online and purchase your tickets no matter where in the world you may live.

This is excellent news if you live outside of Indiana and the U.S.A. but want to play the Hoosier Lotto and guarantee your entry into the next draw or just simply wish to enjoy the convenience of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the HoosierLottery you are then easily able to check the Hoosier Lottery results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky Indiana Lotto winners.

You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the Indiana State Lottery games including the Hoosier Lotto.

Some great news here for all USA Lottery players in Indiana...

The Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) – who administer the POWERBALL game – and the Mega Millions consortium – who administer the MEGA MILLIONS game – have entered into an historic cross-sales agreement across the USA. All US Lotteries that previously sold POWERBALL tickets are now ALSO eligible to sell MEGA MILLIONS tickets.

This means that with effect from January 31st 2010 – in addition to the existing
POWERBALL – USA Lottery players in Indiana will now ALSO be able to buy lottery
tickets for the MEGA MILLIONS. You can still buy lottery tickets online, of course,
from anywhere around the world.

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Hoosier Lotto Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the Hoosier Lottery are very reasonable indeed when compared to many of the USA Lottery games especially the Multi-State offerings such as Mega Millions or Powerball.

The chances of you winning a Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize by matching all 6 of the winning numbers are 1 in 12,271,512 – for these odds you could be one of the Hoosier Lotto jackpot winners.

For one of the prizes on the second level the odds come in much better at 1 in 48,696 for matching 5 of the winning lotto numbers.

The likelihood of winning a third tier prize by choosing 4 of the winning numbers comes in at 1 in 950 and for a prize on the fourth tier the odds are reduce right down to just 1 in 53 for selecting only 3 of the winning Hoosier Lottery numbers.

2 Balls Win Every Time…

The Indiana Lottery Hoosier Lotto can boast to be the only jackpot lottery in North America to let you win when you match just 2 numbers and the odds for this are an incredible 1 in 7!

Hoosier Lotto Record Jackpots

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The largest jackpot ever won with Lotto Indiana on the Hoosier Lotto was drawn on November 7th 2007. A whopping US$ 54.5 MILLION was collected by Peter Gilbert of East Chicago and he elected to take the cash option instead of the annuity.

Prior to this the previous Hoosier Lotto jackpot record had been set back in June 1999 and was US$ 42 MILLION.

In July 1998 the largest USA Lottery jackpot at that particular time was won by 13 Ohio machine shop workers who had bought an Indiana Powerball lottery ticket in Richmond, Indiana. This record win was US$ 295.7 MILLION.

Another Indiana Power Ball record was created in August 2007 when approximately US$ 314 MILLION came out of yet another win from Richmond, Indiana and won by the Coteral & Hiles family.

The overall biggest jackpot to have been won to date in the history of Indiana Lottery games has been the incredible amount of US$ 540 MILLION which was won on Friday July 8th 2016 on the Mega Millions Indiana by a family from Hamilton County, IN.

Hoosier Lotto How Prizes are Paid

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As a Hoosier Lottery jackpot winner you would have a choice in how you are able to receive your winnings. You could choose to have either a single cash lump sum payment or an annuity.

You will need to make the choice as to whether you wish to receive the cash lump sum option or the annuity installment payments option within 60 days of your winning draw being made.

If you choose to receive your jackpot as an annuity it would be paid to you by the Indiana Lottery in equal yearly installments over a 30 year period.

In terms of value if you chose to take the cash lump sum payment as an Indiana Lotto jackpot winner, you would normally receive approximately 50% of the annuity value that you would be paid in installments.

The rules with any of the Indiana State Lottery games mean that you need to claim your prize within 180 days of the draw date.

If you win a prize of any value up to US$ 599 you will be able to claim your lottery winnings in cash at the majority of Hoosier Lottery retailers.

For winnings of US$ 600 to US$ 50,000 you can claim your prize either at any of the Indiana State Lottery regional offices or the Indiana State Lottery Headquarters.

If you have won any prize of over US$ 50,000 again you will need to claim your winnings at the Indiana Lotto Headquarters.

Of course if you play lottery online you will not have to be concerned with any of the above information as your lottery ticket sales company such as TheLotter or any other accredited agent that you use will take care of all this for you.

Hoosier Lottery Where the Money Goes

Since the IN Lottery began in 1989 it has provided in excess of US$ 4.8 BILLION to the State of Indiana for various good causes and organizations including the Police and Fire Pension Relief Fund, Build Indiana Fund and the Teacher’s Retirement Fund and the Help America Vote Act.


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