"The Idaho Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from the State of Idaho"
The Idaho State Lottery was created on November 8th 1988 following a referendum whereby the citizens of the State voted 51% in favor of a State Lottery – after which legislation was then passed forming the ID Lottery.
Lottery Idaho is operated by the government of Idaho State who oversee the organization and running of all ID Lottery games.
Right from when the very first Idaho Lotto ticket was sold back on July 19th 1989 – the aim of the ID Lottery was to raise funds for the Departments of Administration and Education and within the State – at the same time as providing exciting lottery games that offer affordable entertainment and value to its players.
The Idaho State Lottery Headquarters are based in Boise, ID.
The Idaho Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of 1,000 authorized ID Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702.
The Idaho Lottery also takes part in 3 of the biggest lottery games in the world – the massive Multi-State USA Lottery games of Mega Millions and Powerball – plus the slightly smaller but highly popular Hot Lotto – all of which we will be looking at in depth.
We will be looking at the various Idaho Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the Idaho State Lottery in more detail.
There are numerous games that are offered by the Idaho State Lottery which include two of the largest world lotteries – the huge Mega Millions and Powerball plus the other big, Multi-State USA Lottery – the Hot Lotto.
We will first of all take a look at these Multi-State USA Lottery games that the ID Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to the other Idaho Lottery games available.
Currently the games offered by the IdahoLottery that it is possible for players anywhere in the world to buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge US Lottery games – the Powerball and the Mega Millions – as well as the smaller Multi State Hot Lotto.
Other games offered by the Idaho Lottery that you can play in-state only are noted further down the page – if any of these Idaho Lotto games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be writing about it here.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This great sum stands as the largest lottery jackpot ever won to date in the history of world lottery games.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first begun on February 13th 1988.
The Idaho Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the Idaho Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The Idaho Lottery Powerball was first sold on April 22nd 1992 when the Powerball was launched – as the Idaho Lottery was already a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – having become the 10th state to join on February 1st 1990.
The Idaho Lottery Powerball works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some massive jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Powerball Idaho game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the Idaho Lottery Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.59pm MST (10.59 EST).
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the Idaho Powerball Lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the Powerball prize structure apart from the Idaho Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing Idaho Lottery players to increase their Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Idaho Powerball Lottery winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.
With the Powerball Idaho being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.59pm MST (10.59pm EST) there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest Idaho Powerball Results at all Idaho State Lottery retailers, from ID Lottery terminals, various newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also check up on any previous Idaho Powerball Results.
The Idaho Powerball Lottery results and Powerball winning numbers are published on the official Lottery Idaho website – idaholottery.com – and will also be broadcast live on the following television channels throughout the State of Idaho…
KTRV (FOX) Channel 12 in Boise at 8.59pm MST
KSKN (WB) Channel 22 in Spokane at 7.59pm PST
KLEW (CBS) Channel 3/8 in Lewiston at 7.59pm PST
KTWT (CW) Channel 43/2 in Twin Falls at 8.59pm MST
KTID (MYNETWORK) Channel 58/8 & in Twin Falls at 8.59pm MST
and also at the following times on these channels…
KPVI (NBC) Channel 6 in Idaho Falls/Pocatello at 10.00pm MST
KMVT (CBS) Channel 11 in Twin Falls at 10.00pm MST
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Idaho State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the Idaho Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the Idaho Lottery Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the Powerball Idaho are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Idaho Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This record jackpot was shared equally between 3 Mega Millions tickets from Kansas, Maryland and Illinois and is currently the 2nd largest lotto jackpot ever.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The Idaho State Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Mega Millions game – in this case the Idaho Mega Millions lottery – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
Lottery tickets for the Idaho Mega Millions were first sold on January 31st 2010 when the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the NC Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the sales of Mega Millions in Powerball states and Powerball in Mega Millions states.
The Idaho Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the USA that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the Idaho Mega Millions lottery.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Idaho Mega Millions – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 70 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 25 gold balls.
Draws for the Mega Millions Idaho take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm MST (11.00pm EST).
In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the Idaho Mega Millions lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions jackpot itself.
Using the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER feature allows you to multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be increased by 5x and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Idaho Mega Millions lottery winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the Idaho Mega Millions lottery being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm MST (11.00pm EST) there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest Idaho Mega Millions Results from any Idaho Lottery retailer, from ID Lottery terminals, select newspapers and here at Global Lottery Review where you can look up Previous Idaho Mega Millions Results.
The Idaho Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers are also shown on idaholottery.com – the official website of the IdahoLottery – and will be broadcast live on the following TV channels in the State of Idaho…9.00pm MST
KTWT (CW) Channel 43/2 in Twin Falls at 9.00pm MST
KTID (MYNETWORK) Channel 58/8 in Twin Falls at 9.00pm MST
KFXP (FOX) Channel 31 in Idaho Falls/Pocatello at 9.00pm MST
and also at the following times on these channels…
KTRV (FOX) Channel 12 in Boise at 9.59pm MST
KLEW (CBS) Channel 3/8 in Lewiston at 11.00pm PST
KMVT (CBS) Channel 11 in Twin Falls at 10.00pm MST
KSKN (WB) Channel 22 in Spokane/CDA at 10.00pm PST
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Idaho State Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the Idaho Mega Millions lottery.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the Idaho Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the Mega Millions Idaho are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Idaho Mega Millions lottery page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the Idaho Lottery Powerball, Mega Millions and the Hot Lotto games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the IdahoLottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within Idaho itself like – Pick 3, Double Play Daily and Wild Card 2 plus numerous IDLottery instant Scratch Games.
If any of these other Idaho Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of Idaho at a later date we will write about it here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of Idaho itself to take part in any of the Idaho State Lottery games – including the Idaho Powerball and Idaho Mega Millions lottery.
These days though you can play both the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online – as well as the Hot Lotto Online – from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you’re based.
So if you live outside of Idaho or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play no matter where you live.
The Idaho Lottery requires that all players are at least 18 years of age before purchasing any Idaho Lotto tickets including tickets for the Idaho Mega Millions lottery and Idaho Powerball.
If you have won a jackpot on either the Idaho Powerball or the Idaho Mega Millions – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment and you will need to make this choice within 60 days of making your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 29 instalments over a 30 year period. All Hot Lotto jackpot wins will be paid in the form of a cash lump sum.
For all Lottery Idaho prizes you will have 180 days from either the date of the draw or the official end of game to make your claim before your Idaho Lotto ticket will expire.
If your win on the Idaho Lottery is up to US$ 599.99 – you will be able to claim your winnings from any Idaho Lotto retailer or by mail.
If you’ve had an Idaho Lotto win of US$ 600 or more – you will need to claim your prize either at the Idaho Lottery Headquarters on Boise or by mail – either way you’ll need to fill in a Idaho Lottery winners claim form.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
In 1986 the people of Idaho originally vote whether or not there should be a State Lottery created in the Idaho. The public voted sixty to forty in favor of the creation of an Idaho lottery – but this vote is subsequently declared as unconstitutional by the Idaho Supreme Court and did not go through.
Two years later, however, a further vote by the Idaho public was authorized by the Idaho Legislature – once again the public voted in favour of an Idaho State Lottery – by a 51% majority this time. So, on November 8th, the Idaho Lottery Act is passed and the Idaho Lottery created.
After the passing of the Idaho Lottery Act – a new record in the lottery industry is then created with the Idaho State Lottery being set up to the point of selling its very first lottery ticket on July 19th – just 200 days later.
The Idaho Lottery apply to become a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – who run and syndicate the LOTTO AMERICA game across the nation. They are accepted into the MUSL – becoming the 10th State to join – and on February 1st begin selling LOTTO AMERICA tickets – the first draw game to be offered in the State of Idaho. In Idaho the game is known as IDAHO SUPER LOTTO/LOTTO AMERICA.
IDAHO FANTASTIC 5 – the first in-state cash lotto game – is introduced by the Idaho State Lottery in the fall of 1990.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) decides to end the LOTTO AMERICA game and launches the brand new game – POWERBALL – on April 22nd. POWERBALL has a matrix of 5/45 + 1/45 and offers even bigger jackpots.
As a new member of the MUSL – the Idaho State Lottery begins selling POWERBALL Tickets on the same day.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) launches another new jackpot lottery game – the TRI-WEST LOTTO – which is sold by the Idaho Lottery, along with the South Dakota Lottery and the Montana Lottery. The game has a matrix of 6/41 and a rollover jackpot and launches on February 20th.
The MUSL change the matrix of the TRI-WEST LOTTO to 6/33 on February 4th.
The Idaho POWERBALL sees its biggest win to date on June 5th when Pam Hiatt wins an amazing jackpot of US$ 87,585,066 – the largest win in the history of the Idaho Lottery at the time and one that still ranks as the second highest Idaho Powerball Lottery win.
December 25th sees the Robinson and Seagrave families win a massive jackpot of US$ 48.2 Million on the POWERBALL Idaho. Today this is the third largest Idaho Lottery Powerball win to have occurred.
The POWERBALL game is given some changes by the Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL. November 2nd sees the matrix change to 5/49 + 1/42 and players are give the option to take jackpot winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. The annuity option is also changed from 20 to 25 years.
On February 1st – the MUSL discontinue the TRI-WEST LOTTO. It is replaced by the WILD CARD game and the Nebraska Lottery joins with the Idaho Lottery, South Dakota Lottery and the Montana Lottery in its sales.
February 4th sees the first WILD CARD draw take place. The game has a matrix of 6/38 + 1/52 and a US$ 200,000 starting jackpot.
The Multi-State Lottery Association makes some changes to the WILD CARD game. A new matrix of 5/31 + 1/16 is given and the game is renamed by the MUSL as WILD CARD 2 on May 23rd.
May 26th sees the first WILD CARD 2 draw take place. Idaho Lottery players enjoy a new jackpot lotto game with a rollover jackpot that now starts at a revised US$ 100,000.
The current PICK 3 online game is introduced by the Idaho Lottery in June. It is the simplest of games to play where you pick 3 numbers from the drawn numbers which are from 1 to 9.
The Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL – change the matrix of the POWERBALL game on October 9th. The new configuration is 5/53 + 1/42 and another feature added is the Match 5 BONUS.
May 28th sees Brad Duke from Boise win an amazing jackpot of US$ 220.3 Million on the Idaho POWERBALL. This is (and still remains today) the largest jackpot to be won in the history of the Idaho State Lottery.
The POWERBALL matrix is given another change by the Multi State Lottery Association on August 28th – this time to 5/55 + 1/42.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of a huge US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. Until May 2013 this stood as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single ticket.
This year the ID Lottery introduces is first Raffle type game – with tickets costing US$ 10 each – the IDAHO $1,000,000 RAFFLE sold its compliment of a quarter of a million tickets within 36 days.
The first lucky winner of the US$ 1 Million top prize in the Idaho Lottery’s inaugural Raffle game is Bob Chester from Boise who had purchased his ticket on the first day of sales.
On June 30th the WILD CARD produces its biggest ever jackpot to date. A fantastic US$ 2.78 Million is won by Ken Covert – an Idaho Lottery player from Pocatello.
July sees the Idaho Lottery introduce a first in USA Lottery history when they offer members of their VIP Club the chance to earn rewards when they buy lottery tickets. Points are give for every US$ 1 spent on lotto tickets which can then be redeemed through the ID Lottery website for prizes and goods such as including I-pods, DVD players, bicycles, and watches.
On October 3rd – the Idaho Lottery becomes the 11th State to offer another of the Multi-State Lottery Association games – when Hot Lotto Tickets are first put on sale. This popular game from the MUSL has a 5/39 + 1/19 matrix.
January 3rd sees the Multi-State Lottery Association introduce its “Sizzler” option for the HOT LOTTO game. Idaho Lottery players can now play the Hot Lotto with the “Sizzler” add-on and multiply their winnings.
Another USA Lottery industry first is initiated by the Idaho Lottery in August – with players being given the option to donate part of their Scratch-Off ticket winnings to an internationl not-for-profit organization.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. Idaho Lottery players will now see POWERBALL jackpots starting off at an increased US$ 20 Million. Also a new prize level is created – where players can win US$ 1 Million with the Match 5 BONUS feature using POWERPLAY. The Powerball matrix changes to 5/59 + 1/39 and draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining the Multi State Lottery Association in selling Powerball Tickets.
The Idaho State Lottery introduce a brand new online game – DOUBLE PLAY DAILY – on May 3rd. The game has a 5/36 matrix and two draws take place one after the other every night at 8.00pm MST.
On October 9th an agreement is made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets within states that offer the POWERBALL game and the sale of POWERBALL tickets within states that offer the MEGA MILLIONS game. The Idaho Lottery will begin selling MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come January.
On January 31st the Idaho State Lottery sells its first lottery tickets for the national MEGA MILLIONS game – as a result of the recently made cross-selling agreement between the Mega Millions Consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – in October 2009.
The biggest win so far on the Idaho Mega Millions lottery has been an exciting US$ 250,000 that was won on April 16th 2010 draw with a ticket bought in Coeur d’Alene.
Net proceeds raised by the Idaho State Lottery go right back to the citizens of the State of Idaho– with all monies going towards the area of education and building within the state.
Lottery funding is transferred by the Idaho State Lottery Commission to either the Public School Building Account or the Permanent Building Fund.
The monies in these accounts are dealt with by either the Department of Education or the Department of Administration with the State of Idaho.
From there – monies raised by the playing of Idaho Lottery games goes towards either helping to support and provide for an even better public education system – and towards essential safety improvements and maintenance for State facilities including those for College campuses.
Since it began back in 1989 – the Idaho State Lottery has provided in excess of US$ 473.8 Million for these good causes which benefit the citizens of Idaho.
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