"The VT Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from State of Vermont"
The Vermont Lottery was originally formed back in 1977 after a Public Act was passed following a referendum the previous year which saw a majority 66% of voters in Vermont say “Yes” to authorization of an in-State Lottery.
From when the first ticket was sold on the Vermont Lotto back on February 14th 1978 – the aim of the Vermont Lottery Commission was to benefit the people of Vermont by raising money for education at the same time as marketing VT Lottery products in a responsible manner.
This is still the case today with all VT State Lottery funds going exclusively towards education via the Vermont Education Fund.
All Vermont Lottery games are run and organized by the Vermont Lottery Commission – some of these are Tri State Lottery games run in conjunction with the other New England States of Maine and New Hampshire.
The Vermont Lottery Commission is based in Barre, VT.
The Vermont State Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of around 700 authorized VT Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 1311 US Route 302, Suite 100, Barre, VT 05641.
The VT Lottery also takes part in 2 of the biggest lottery games in the world – the Multi-State USA Lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball – plus the slightly smaller but popular Multi-State games of Hot Lotto and the Tri State Megabucks PLUS – all of which we will be looking into in much greater depth.
We will be looking at the various VT Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the Vermont Lottery in more detail.
There are numerous games that are offered by the Vermont Lottery including two of the largest lotteries in the world – the Mega Millions and Powerball plus the other multi-state US Lotteries – the Hot Lotto and the Tri State Megabucks PLUS.
We will first of all take a look at these multi-state USA Lottery games that the VT Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium and the Tri State Lottery Consortium – and later move on to the other Vermont Lotto games that are available.
The games currently offered by the VT Lottery that it is possible for players anywhere in the world to buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge US Lotteries – the Mega Millions and the Powerball – as well as the Hot Lotto plus the New England Tri-State Megabucks PLUS.
Other games offered by the VT State Lottery that you can play in-state are noted further down the page – if any of these Vermont 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 massive sum is the largest lottery jackpot ever won to date in he hisory 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 started on February 13th 1988.
The Vermont Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this particular case the Vermont Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
Tickets for the Vermont Powerball were first sold on July 1st 2003 when the Vermont Lottery became the 33rd member to join the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) – who run & syndicate the game across the USA.
The Vermont Powerball Lottery 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 Vermont 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 Vermont Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm 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 VT Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Vermont Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you are able to 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 VT Lottery players to increase their VT Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Powerball Vermont winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.
With the Vermont Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest Vermont Powerball Results at all Vermont Lottery retailers, from VT Lottery terminals, various newspapers across the State and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also see any previous Vermont Powerball Results.
The VT Powerball results and Powerball winning numbers are also displayed on the official Lottery Vermont website – vtlottery.com – and will be broadcast on the following Television Channel throughout the State of Vermont…
WCAX (CBS) Channel 3 in Burlington
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this VT State Lottery game providing a great chance to win one of the thousands of prizes twice each week on the VT Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the Vermont 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 Vermont are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Vermont 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 30th March 2012. This record jackpot was shared between 3 Mega Millions winners from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas and ranks as the 2nd highest lottery jackpot ever won to date.
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 Vermont State Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the huge and highly popular Mega Millions game – in this case known as the Vermont Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
VT Mega Millions tickets were first sold on January 31st 2010 after the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the VT Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the cross-sales of Mega Millions tickets in Powerball States and Powerball tickets in Mega Millions States.
The VT Mega Millions works in precisely the same way as the Mega Millions 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 Vermont Mega Millions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the VT 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 Vermont Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 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 Vermont Mega Millions lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions jackpot itself.
With Mega Millions MEGAPLIER – you are able 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 multiplied by x5 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 VT Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the Vermont Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest Vermont Mega Millions Results from any Vermont State Lottery retailer, from VT Lottery terminals, select newspapers and here at Global Lottery Review where you can also see any previous VT Mega Millions Results.
The VT Lottery Mega Millions results and Mega Millions winning numbers will be published on vtlottery.com – the official VermontLottery website and are also broadcast on the following Television Channel throughout the State of Vermont…
WCAX (CBS) Channel 3 – in Burlington
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Vermont State Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the Vermont Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the Vermont Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the VT Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate VT Mega Millions lottery page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the very popular Vermont Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Tri State Megabucks PLUS games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the VT Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within Vermont itself like – Pick 3, Pick 4, Weekly Grand, Fast Play plus numerous VermontLottery Instant Games.
If any of these other Vermont Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of Vermont 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 Vermont itself to take part in any of the Vermont State Lottery games – including the VT Powerball, VT Mega Millions, HOT LOTTO and the Tri State Megabucks.
These days though you can play both the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online – as well as the Hot Lotto Online – from absolutely 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 Vermont or the USA but wish to play the Powerball, Mega Millions, HOT LOTTO or Tri State Megabucks – 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 VT Lottery requires that all players are a minimum of 18 years of age before purchasing any Vermont Lotto tickets including tickets for the VT Mega Millions and VT Powerball.
If you have won a VT Powerball or a VT Mega Millions or a VT Megabucks jackpot you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment. You will need to make this important choice within 60 days of claiming.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 29 year period. All Hot Lotto jackpot wins are paid in the form of a cash lump sum.
For all VT Lottery prizes you will have 365 days from either the date of the draw or the game “close” date – to make your claim before your Vermont Lotto ticket will expire.
If you’ve had a win of up to US$ 499 – you will be able to claim your winnings at any VT Lottery retailer or at the VTLottery Headquarters in Berlin.
If your VT Lottery win is between US$ 500 and US$ 5,000 – you can claim your prize from any Chittenden Bank throughout Vermont or form the Vermont Lottery Headquarters in Berlin.
If your win on the Vermont Lottery is more than US$ 5,000 or a jackpot – you will need to claim your prize at the VT Lottery Headquarters in Berlin.
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.
The people of Vermont vote an overwhelming “Yes” to the creation of a State Lottery – with 66% in favor after a referendum is held to determine whether or not a Vermont State Lottery should go ahead.
The Vermont Lottery Commission is created by Public Act No.82 during the 1977 session of the General Assembly. The newly formed Vermont Lottery Commission will run until June 30th 1980 unless the General Assembly of 1979 authorize its continuation.
From the outset – all proceeds from Vermont Lottery games go to the State’s General Fund who then determine where they will be spent.
Initially – the Vermont Lottery Commission was given a start-up injection of US$ 250,000 which it took just 18 months to pay back.
Just seven months after the Vermont Lottery Commission was created – the very first Vermont Lottery tickets go on sale on February 14th. The GREEN MOUNTAIN GAME is a draw game and has one draw each week. Tickets are pre-printed with numbers and winners are determined by the numbers printed on the tickets matching the drawn numbers.
June 20th sees the Vermont Lottery introduce its first Instant Tickets – called SCRATCH ‘N MATCH.
The General Assembly of 1979 extend the Vermont Lottery Commission for a further 3 years.
The Vermont Lottery introduce its first online numbers game – PICK 3 – on November 10th. The game is still going strong today.
The General Assembly of 1981 authorize the continuation of the Vermont Lottery Commission indefinitely following a healthy and steady growth in lottery ticket sales.
September 3rd sees the VT Lottery introduce it second online numbers game – PICK 4 – again the game is still going strong today.
On September 3rd – tickets for the new Multi-State US Lottery game – the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS – are put on sale marking the beginning of the long-standing collaborative partnership between the Vermont Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery. The TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS is to be drawn every Saturday and has a matrix of 6/30.
September 14th sees the first TRI STATE MEGABUCKS draw – with Richard Campbell from South Portland ME. becoming the first Megabucks winner – scooping US$ 935,919.
The matrix of the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS is changed from 6/30 to 6/36 in January.
January sees the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS matrix change again – this time form 6/36 to 6/40.
An extra draw is added to the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS in May – with Vermont Lottery players now being able to play on Wednesdays as well as Saturdays.
On May 20th – the VT Lottery introduce a new online numbers game called LOTTO VERMONT with draws every Friday evening.
January sees the largest ever TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS win – an incredible US$ 16.4 Million jackpot which is split between winners in Maine and Vermont. This still stands as the biggest jackpot win in the history of the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS.
April 19th sees a second Tri State Lottery game offered by the Vermont Lottery in conjunction with the Maine Lottery and the New Hampshire Lottery. The new game – TRI-STATE CASH 5 – is to be drawn each Tuesday evening and has a matrix of 5/35.
June 27th sees the last draw of the TRI-STATE CASH 5 game.
On June 28th – a brand new Tri State Lottery game is introduced – the 5 CARD CASH – replacing the now retired TRI-STATE CASH 5 and the about to retire LOTTO VERMONT. Vermont Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery players can take part on Tuesdays and Fridays every week.
Also on June 28th – the nightly PICK 3 and PICK 4 become TRI-STATE games with players from Maine and New Hampshire now also taking part.
The VT Lottery retire their LOTTO VERMONT game on June 30th.
From June 1996 – Vermont Lottery players are given the option of taking a cash lump sum if they should win the jackpot prize on the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS when the MegaCash feature is added to the game.
TRI STATE MEGABUCKS players see a game change in March – with the MEGABUCKS now having a matrix of 6/42 plus the addition of a Bonus number.
On September 5th – the TRI-STATE 5 CARD CASH game is retired by the VT Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery companies.
The following day sees the retired game being replaced by the new game – TRI-STATE WIN CASH – with a new matrix of 6/36 on September 6th.
From June the Vermont Lottery PICK 3 and PICK 4 games are drawn every night of the week.
Having previously gone to the State’s General Fund – all Vermont Lottery profits now go towards the State’s Education Fund from July.
September 13th sees VTLottery players being given a new option of Front Pair/Back Pair when playing the PICK 3 and PICK 4.
On February 26th the TRI STATE lottery – WIN CASH – is retired by the Vermont Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery.
CASH LOTTO – a brand new TRI STATE lottery replaces WIN CASH on February 27th. As with the previous game – draws are held every Tuesday and Friday.
Daily draws are added to the PICK 3 and PICK 4 games on June 29th – meaning that Vermont Lottery players can now play either game twice every day.
On July 1st – the VT Lottery becomes the 33rd member to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and begins selling tickets for its multi-state POWERBALL game which was first drawn back on April 22nd 1992 after taking over from the previous MUSL game – LOTTO AMERICA. VT Lottery players can now play the POWERBALL game – which has a double matrix of 5/53 + 1/42 – every Wednesday and Saturday.
July 2nd sees the first POWERBALL draw take place that includes Vermont Lottery players.
On November 16th HEADS OR TAILS – a new TRI STATE lotto game is introduced – which has draws every day of the week.
The daily TRI-STATE HEADS OR TAILS game is retired on June 25th by the lotteries of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.
June 26th sees the launch of a new replacement TRI-STATE game – the TRIPLE PLAY – which has draws on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The POWERBALL matrix is given another change by the Multi-State Lottery Association on August 28th – to 5/55 + 1/42.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. Until 2013 this stood as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single lottery ticket.
May sees the introduction of the TRI-STATE ADD-A-PLAY game – the first online game to have an instant win feature.
On January 12th the TRI STATE Lottery consortium of the Vermont Lottery – along with the Maine Lottery and NH Lottery – retire the TRIPLE PLAY game and replace it with a new TRI-STATE Lottery called PAYCHECK.
In May – the TRI-STATE ADD-A-PLAY game is renamed as the FAST PLAY.
The biggest win on the Vermont POWERBALL occurs on August 16th when a lucky winner from Williston correctly matches 5 winning numbers playing with the POWERPLAY option to scoop US$ 1 MILLION.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. VT Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at a vastly 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 now joining with the MUSL in selling its own Powerball Tickets.
The TRI-STATE PAYCHECK game is retired by the Vermont Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery companies on January 30th.
A new TRI STATE Lottery game is introduced by the Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire Lottery companies on February 3rd – WEEKLY GRAND – which is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 6.50pm EST and has a top prize of US$ 1,000 a week for 20 years.
March 25th sees the second VT Powerball US$ 1 Million win – the lucky winner having purchased their ticket in the Middle Road Store in Milton.
As an existing member of the Multi-State Lottery Association – the Vermont Lottery adds a second MUSL game to its portfolio on July 5th – the Hot Lotto. The HOT LOTTO was originally launched on April 2nd 2002 and has draws every Wednesday and Saturday at 10.59pm EST. The Vermont Lottery is the 14th USA Lottery to sell Hot Lotto Tickets.
July 8th sees the first HOT LOTTO draw take place – with the Vermont Lottery as a participating member.
The flagship game from Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire – the Tri State MEGABUCKS – is give some changes on July 26th and is renamed Tri State Megabucks PLUS. Jackpots for the MEGABUCKS PLUS start at US$ 1 Million and the game has a double matrix of 5/41 and 1/6. The revamped MEGABUCKS PLUS also offers bigger 2nd prizes and better odds than its predecessor.
August 1st sees a Tri State MEGABUCKS PLUS jackpot of a cool US$ 4.89 Million win for a lucky Vermont Lottery player.
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 Vermont Lottery will begin selling MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come January.
In November – VermontLottery players see some changes to the PICK 3 and PICK 4 games. A single digit bet is added to the PICK 3 game and a middle pair bet is added to both the PICK 3 and PICK 4 games.
On January 31st the Vermont 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.
February 2nd sees the first Mega Millions draw take place with Vermont Lottery players taking part.
August 4th sees the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS PLUS largest win to date. A US$ 12.5 Million jackpot is won in New Hampshire which is the largest prize ever awarded to a single ticket holder in the history of either the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS PLUS or its predecessor the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS.
Net proceeds from Vermont Lottery games are used to benefit the citizens of the State of Vermont.
All Vermont Lottery profits go towards supporting education in the State of Vermont – via the Vermont Education Fund. As such – the Vermont Lottery can proudly claim to be one of the very few USA Lottery companies that uses its profits solely for education.
This has been the case since July 1998 – prior to this all Vermont Lottery profits went towards good causes throughout Vermont via the State’s General Fund.
In fact – since the Vermont Education Fund became the sole beneficiary of VT Lottery funding – in excess of US$ 430 Million has been raised for the cause.
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