"USA State Lottery Games & US Lottery Companies"
The State Lotteries of the United States of America are some of the most widely played and popular of all the lottery games across the world.
Most of the USA Lottery companies offer various games that include the following – one or more Multi State lotteries, a flagship State Lotto game and numerous other in-State lotteries plus various Instant, Scratch Off and Pull Tab games.
US Lottery companies as we know them today began back in 1964 when the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission – known as the New Hampshire Lottery today – first started selling lotto tickets.
All in all there are 47 USA Lottery Companies – that includes 44 State Lottery companies, plus lotteries from the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Apart from the Puerto Rico Lottery in 1934 and the Virgin Islands Lottery in 1957 – the first modern day US Lottery companies to be created with the intention of raising monies for good causes were the New Hampshire Lottery in 1964 followed by the New York Lottery in 1967.
The positive results of these companies quickly established lotteries in the United States as a viable way of realising funds not only for charitable purposes but also for much needed services.
This quickly paved the way for the creation of many other State Lotto companies to be formed over the following years right up to the very latest US Lottery companies – the Arkansas Lottery that was established in 2008 and the Wyoming Lottery in 2013.
Firstly, we will look at the flagship State Lotteries. These games are only available to play within the actual State that hosts them unless you buy lottery tickets online which you are able to do so for many of them from anywhere around the world.
Most of the flagship USA Lotteries are jackpot lotto style games with a top prize that – if not won – will a rollover and increase in size once, twice or even three times per week.
These US Lotteries are IN-State games and each is the primary game offered by that particular individual State Lottery company (apart from the countrywide, MultiState Lottery games).
Some of the smaller USA Lottery companies have typical Pick 3 and Pick 4 style games as their principal IN-State offerings.
Here’s an easy-to-read table that shows all of the principal USA Lottery games available including whether the lottery has a rollover jackpot or not plus whether or not you can buy lottery tickets online for the game.
|State / Dist.||State Lottery||Min.Jackpot||Rollover||Online ?|
|1||Arizona||The Pick||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|2||Arkansas||Natural State Jackpot||$ 25,000||Yes||In-State|
|3||California||Super Lotto PLUS||$ 7 Million||Yes||Yes|
|4||Colorado||Colorado Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|5||Connecticut||Connecticut Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|6||Delaware||Multi Win Lotto||$ 50,000||Yes||In-State|
|7||Dist.of Columbia||DC 5||$ 250,000||No||In-State|
|8||Florida||Florida Lotto||$ 2 Million||Yes||Yes|
|9||Georgia||Fantasy 5||$ 100,000||Yes||In-State|
|10||Idaho||Weekly Grand||$ 1,000/wk.||No||In-State|
|11||Illinois||Illinois Lotto||$ 2 Million||Yes||Yes|
|12||Indiana||Hoosier Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|13||Iowa||$100,000 Cash Game||$ 100,000||No||In-State|
|14||Kansas||Super Kansas Cash||$ 100,000||Yes||Yes|
|15||Kentucky||Decades of Dollars||$ 250,000||No||In-State|
|16||Louisiana||Louisiana Lotto||$ 250,000||Yes||Yes|
|17||Maine||Gimme 5||$ 100,000||No||In-State|
|18||Maryland||Multi Match||$ 500,000||Yes||In-State|
|19||Massachusetts||Megabucks Doubler||$ 500,000||Yes||In-State|
|20||Michigan||Classic Lotto 47||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|21||Minnesota||Gopher 5||$ 100,000||Yes||In-State|
|22||Missouri||Missouri Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|23||Montana||Montana Cash||$ 20,000||Yes||In-State|
|24||Nebraska||Nebraska Pick 5||$ 50,000||Yes||In-State|
|25||New Hampshire||Gimme 5||$ 100,000||No||In-State|
|26||New Jersey||Pick 6 Lotto||$ 2 Million||Yes||Yes|
|27||New Mexico||Roadrunner Cash||$ 25,000||Yes||In-State|
|28||New York||New York Lotto||$ 3 Million||Yes||Yes|
|29||North Carolina||Carolina Cash 5||$ 50,000||Yes||In-State|
|31||Ohio||Classic Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|32||Oklahoma||Oklahoma Cash 5||$ 25,000||No||In-State|
|33||Oregon||Oregon Megabucks||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|34||Pennsylvania||Match 6 Lotto||$ 500,000||Yes||In-State|
|36||Rhode Island||Wild Money||$ 20,000||Yes||In-State|
|37||South Carolina||Palmetto CASH 5||$ 100,000||Yes||In-State|
|38||South Dakota||Dakota Cash||$ 20,000||Yes||In-State|
|39||Tennessee||Tennessee Cash||$ 200,000||Yes||In-State|
|40||Texas||Lotto Texas||$ 4 Million||Yes||In-State|
|41||Vermont||Gimme 5||$ 100,000||No||In-State|
|42||Virgin Islands||Virgin Islands Lottery||$ 175,000||No||In-State|
|43||Virginia||Decades of Dollars||$ 250,000||No||In-State|
|44||Washington||Washington Lotto||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|45||West Virginia||Cash 25||$ 25,000||No||In-State|
|46||Wisconsin||WI Megabucks||$ 1 Million||Yes||Yes|
|47||Wyoming||Not Yet Decided||n/a||n/a||In-State|
Certain USA Lottery games are played across more than one State and these are known as Multi State lottery games.
These games are played across 47 States and Jurisdictions and 46 States and Jurisdictions respectively and are two of the largest world lotteries being played with anticipation and enthusiasm right across America twice every week as well as all around the world. A full list of the US Lotteries that take part in each Powerball and Mega Millions draw can be found via the links shown above.
Another large Multi State Lottery in the USA is the Hot Lotto which is played across 14 States and is also run by the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL). Once again – a full list of the US Lotteries that take part in the Hot Lotto game can be found by clicking the above link.
Other US Lotteries that are played across more than one State in America include the following Multi-State Lottery games…
2by2 which has a double jackpot feature on Tuesdays and is offered seven nights every week by the Nebraska Lottery, Kansas Lottery and North Dakota Lottery. 2by2 is run and operated by the MUSL which is also responsible for the Powerball.
MegaHits which is a video lottery game that is offered by the Delaware Lottery,
Rhode Island Lottery, Ohio Lottery, the West Virginia Lottery and the Maryland Lottery. MegaHits is also administered by the MUSL as part of its overall portfolio.
Cash4Life is a Multi State lottery offered by a total of 9 different States in the USA. The New York Lottery, New Jersey Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Tennessee Lottery, Maryland Lottery, Georgia Lottery, Indiana Lottery and most recently the Florida Lottery all offer the Cash4Life game which is drawn twice every week on both Mondays and Thursdays. Players can win a jackpot of US$ 7,000 every week for the rest of their lives or instead choose a cash option of US$ 7 MILLION.
Lucky for Life is another Multi State lottery offered by a grand total of 23 different States and Jurisctions. This "Game of a Lifetime" is drawn Mondays and Thursdays and you can win a cool US$ 1,000 a day for life or choose a US$ 5.75 MILLION cash option. Participating States are: Arkansas, Colorado, Conncticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Morth Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Wyoming. The States of Nebraska, South Dakota and West Virginia are joining in 2017.
Wild Card 2 was offered twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays by the North Dakota Lottery, South Dakota Lottery , Idaho Lottery and the Montana Lottery. Wild Card held its final draw on February 24th 2016 when it was withdrawn by the MUSL.
Another highly popular US Lottery that is operated across more than one State is the Tri State Megabucks PLUS which is run by the TriState Lottery Consortium of 3 USA Lottery companies – the Maine Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery and Vermont Lottery.
The very first Multi State Lottery game to be launched in America – on September 14th 1985 – the Tri State Megabucks became the Tri State Megabucks PLUS on July 26th 2009.
In addition to the Tri State Megabucks PLUS – there are other games offered by these three USA Lottery companies from New England which also come under the “TriState Lottery” umbrella – these are Pick 3, Pick 4, Gimme 5 and the above mentioned Lucky for Life.
Nearly all of the US State Lottery companies also offer popular Pick 3 and Pick 4 type games. These US Lottery games are generally drawn either once or twice every day and have a whole range of prizes that are smaller than the jackpot lotteries.
As the names suggest – with these games you simply choose either 3 or 4 numbers depending upon the game.
Here is a complete list of all the USA State Lottery and Jurisdictional Lottery companies throughout America in the order that they were first created.
From a historical point of view it is interesting to see which US Lotteries were the pioneers and forerunners of the modern day USA Lottery companies that we see today as well as the “new kids on the block” – those US Lotteries that are still in their infant years and currently making a name for themselves.
|STATE / DIST.||LOTTERY COMPANY||CREATED||FIRST TICKET|
|1||Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Lottery||1934||1934|
|2||Virgin Islands||Virgin Islands Lottery||1957||1957|
|3||New Hampshire||New Hampshire Lottery||1964||1964|
|4||New York||New York Lottery||1967||1967|
|5||New Jersey||New Jersey Lottery||Nov.1969||Dec.16th 1970|
|6||Connecticut||Connecticut Lottery||Jun.1971||Feb.15th 1972|
|7||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Lottery||Aug.26th 1971||Mar. 7th 1972|
|8||Massachusetts||Massachusetts Lottery||Sep.27th 1971||Mar.22nd 1972|
|9||Michigan||Michigan Lottery||Aug. 1st 1972||Nov.13th 1972|
|10||Maryland||Maryland Lottery||Nov. 7th 1972||May 15th 1973|
|11||Maine||Maine State Lottery||1973||Jun. 1974|
|12||Ohio||Ohio Lottery||May 1973||Aug.1974|
|13||Rhode Island||Rhode Island Lottery||Mar.1974||May 21st 1974|
|14||Delaware||Delaware Lottery||May 31st 1974||Oct.1975|
|15||Illinois||Illinois Lottery||Jul.1st 1974||Jul.30th 1974|
|16||Vermont||Vermont Lottery||Jul.1977||Feb.14th 1978|
|17||Arizona||Arizona Lottery||Nov.1980||Jul. 1st 1981|
|18||Washington||Washington Lottery||Jun.30th 1982||1982|
|19||Colorado||Colorado Lottery||Jul. 1st 1982||Jan.1983|
|20||Dist.of Columbia||Washington DC Lottery||Aug.1982||Aug.25th 1982|
|21||Oregon||Oregon Lottery||Nov.1984||Apr.25th 1985|
|22||California||California Lottery||Nov. 6th 1984||Oct. 3rd 1985|
|23||Iowa||Iowa Lottery||Apr.18th 1985||Aug.22nd 1985|
|24||West Virginia||West Virginia Lottery||Apr.1985||Jan. 9th 1986|
|25||Missouri||Missouri Lottery||Jun.11th 1985||Jan.20th 1986|
|26||Montana||Montana Lottery||Nov. 4th 1986||Jun.24th 1987|
|27||South Dakota||South Dakota Lottery||Apr. 2nd 1987||Sep.30th 1987|
|28||Kansas||Kansas Lottery||1987||Nov.12th 1987|
|29||Wisconsin||Wisconsin Lottery||Apr.1987||Sep.14th 1988|
|30||Florida||Florida Lottery||Jun. 4th 1987||Jan.12th 1988|
|31||Virginia||Virginia Lottery||Dec. 1st 1987||Sep.20th 1988|
|32||Idaho||Idaho Lottery||Nov. 8th 1988||Jul.19th 1989|
|33||Ketucky||Kentucky Lottery||Dec.16th 1988||Apr. 4th 1989|
|34||Indiana||Hoosier Lottery||May 1989||Oct.1989|
|35||Minnesota||Minnesota Lottery||Jun.1989||Apr.17th 1990|
|36||Louisiana||Louisiana Lottery||Oct. 6th 1990||Sep. 6th 1991|
|37||Texas||Texas Lottery||May 29th 1992||May 29th 1992|
|38||Georgia||Georgia Lottery||Nov.1992||Jun.29th 1993|
|39||Nebraska||Nebraska Lottery||Feb.24th 1993||Sep.11th 1993|
|40||New Mexico||New Mexico Lottery||Apr. 5th 1995||Apr.27th 1996|
|41||South Carolina||South Carolina Lottery||Jun.13th 2001||Jan. 7th 2002|
|42||Tennessee||Tennessee Lottery||Apr.2003||Jan.20th 2004|
|43||North Dakota||North Dakota Lottery||Apr. 4th 2003||Mar.25th 2004|
|44||Oklahoma||Oklahoma Lottery||Nov. 2nd 2004||Oct.12th 2005|
|45||North Carolina||North Carolina Lottery||Aug.31st 2005||Mar.30th 2006|
|46||Arkansas||Arkansas Lottery||Nov. 4th 2008||Sep.28th 2009|
|47||Wyoming||Wyoming Lottery||Jul. 1st 2013||Aug.24th 2014|
There are certain US States that have still not yet formed their own State Lotto company and therefore do not offer any State Lotteries. These are now few in number and it is likely at some point in the future that this information will change.
When it does and further USA Lottery companies are created – we will be sure to update the details on this page as well as the rest of the website.
Currently – the States in America that do not have their own USA Lottery company are…
Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.
Apart from adding new games and changing existing ones from time to time, one possible future development for the US Lottery scene is the creation of a single, US National Lottery game.
This has already been discussed by various USA Lottery companies and one idea talked about is the viability of a merger of the already huge Multi State Powerball and Mega Millions games into one massive USA National Lottery.
Time will tell whether this possibility will come to fruition and if we hear any further news on any kind of national USA Lottery we will write about it here.
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