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The Washington Lottery was created in 1982 with the aim of generating some very welcome income for various state programs via monies it would raise from sales of its lotto tickets & is run by the government of the state of Washington.

 In addition to this – the Washington State Lottery is an active participant in causes that help to raise awareness about the risks that are evident due to problem gambling throughout Washington.

The Washington State Lottery – along with others – is a valuable partner of the Washington State Patrol and helps to support the Amber Alert Program across Washington State. The Amber Alert Program receives reports of missing or abducted children with the assistance and cooperation of lottery retailers and broadcasts this important information to the public via numerous outlets of media.

As well as this – the Washington State Lotto partners with Page Ahead – a not-for-profit organization that supports literacy at home for low-income families with children by providing  book donations.

The WA State Lottery has been a member of the Mega Millions consortium since September 4th 2002 & have been offering the Mega Millions game as part of its portfolio of games ever since.

The Washington Lottery also became a member of the MUSL – the Multi State Lottery Association – on January 31st 2010 and have included the Powerball lottery in its range since it joined.

Apart from the Multi State Mega Millions and Powerball, the WA State Lottery range includes, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Keno, & the game we shall take a look at here – the Washington Lotto.

Washington State Lotto Overview

Washington State Lotto is the main game in the Washington State Lottery product range. It is a traditional style of lotto jackpot game first launched by the Washington Lottery back in July 1984.

Jackpots for the Washington Lotto start off at US$ 1 MILLION and rollover each time they are not won. The resulting increase is then added onto the following draw’s jackpot which will rise in size each game until somebody eventually wins the jackpot prize. It will then revert to the starting top prize sum of US$ 1 MILLION once again.

The size of the lottery jackpot rollover increases are dependent upon the number of lotto ticket sales – the more people who play and the more lottery ticket sales the bigger the rollover jackpot.

The Washington Lotto uses a single matrix configuration of 6/49.

Draws for the Washington State Lotto take place three times per week on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8pm Pacific Time.

Washington State Lotto How it Works

The WA State Lottery Lotto uses what’s called a 6/49 matrix for its Lotto gamewhich means that when you are playing the Washington Lotto you will need to select your 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you correctly match all 6 of the winning lotto numbers drawn then you will be a lucky winner of the Washington Lotto jackpot 1st prize.

In addition to the jackpot itself there are 3 more ways in which you can win this WA State Lottery with prizes to be won on the WA Lotto if you successfully match 5 of the 6 winning numbers drawn, 4 of the winning numbers or even just 3 of the numbers.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing the Washington Lotto very much the same as the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s EuroMillions or many other USA Lottery games – meaning that you can ask your computer or retailer to randomly pick your Washington Lotto numbers for you.

2 Lines For Just US$ 1.00…

When playing the Washington Lotto you will need to select 2 sets of 6 numbers as you will receive 2 entries each time that you play.

So playing the Washington Lotto is simple – you just choose your own 2 sets of 6 numbers or use the random number generator Quick Pick facility to have them automatically selected for you.

The cost of entry into the WA State Lottery – Lotto – is US$ 1.00 & for this you get 2 separate plays meaning 2 chances of winning.

Washington State Lotto Who Can Play?

As with most USA Lottery games previously only citizens living in the State of Washington were allowed to play in any of the Washington Lottery games including Washington Lotto you used to have to purchase your WA Lotto tickets from an authorized lottery retailer based in Washington.

Nowadays though there are a great number of online lottery ticket sales agencies such as SmartWinners or TheLotter who are both authorized & accredited you are easily able to select your Washington Lotto numbers online & purchase your lottery tickets without being concerned about where in the world you live.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Washington  & the USA but still wish to play the Washington Lotto & ensure your entry into the next drawing or just want to have the convenience & ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online for the WA Lotto.

Once you have entered into the Washington Lotto draw you can then easily see the latest Washington Lottery results online to check if you have become one of the Washington Lottery winners.

You will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for a WA State Lottery game including the Washington Lotto.

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

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

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

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Washington Lotto Numbers

You can check all Washington Lotto results from any retailer's Check-A-Ticket machine in the state or in the daily newspapers.

The winning Washington Lotto numbers and WA Lottery results will also be made available on the official website of the WA Lotto – walottery – very soon after each of the draws have been made.

Washington State Lotto Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the WA Lotto are extremely competitive when you compare them to many of the USA lotteries especially the Multi-State Mega Millions & Powerball games.

The chances of winning a WA State Lottery jackpot prize are 1 in 6.99 million – for these lottery odds you could be one of the lucky Washington Lotto jackpot winners.

For one of the Washington Lotto prizes on the second level the odds are 1 in 27.1 thousand for picking 5 of the winning numbers

The likelihood of you winning a third level prize is 1 in 516 for guessing 4 of the winning lotto numbers drawn and for a prize on the fourth tier – the odds of you winning are reduced right down to just 1 in 28.3 for correctly choosing 3 of the winning numbers.

The overall odds of you winning any prize in this WA State Lottery draw are a very reasonable 1 in 27.1. These are good overall odds for a game that produces thousands of winners every single week.

Washington State Lotto Record Jackpots

The largest jackpot won to date on the Washington Lotto has been a huge US$ 32 MILLION that was won on October 25th 2000 and split between 3 WA Lotto players.

The 2nd biggest win so far on the Washington Lotto occurred when a player from Brier, who had elected to remain anonymous, claimed the exciting jackpot amount of US$ 12.2 MILLION on July 3rd 2019.

US$ 9.7 MILLION stands as the 3rd highest WA Lotto jackpot won to date when winners from Everett struck lucky on July 26th 2008.

.On December 10th 2008 the Washington Lotto produced its 4th biggest jackpot payout when US$ 8.9 MILLION was won once again by ticket holders in the Everett region of Washington State.

The Josal Partners achieved another big win on the WA Lotto on February 5th 2009 having scooped a cool US$ 6.8 MILLION.

Washington State Lotto How Prizes are Paid

As the winner of a WA State Lottery jackpot you have a choice in how you would like to receive your prize money. You could choose to take it either as a single cash lump sum or as an annuity prize payment option.

You will need to make the choice as to whether you wish to receive either the cash lump sum option or the annuity installment payments option within 60 days of making your winning claim. If you have not made a decision after the 60 day period the jackpot win will automatically be paid as an annuity.

In terms of monetary value if you had chosen to take the cash lump sum payment for your Washington Lotto jackpot win you would receive approximately 50% of the annuity value that you would otherwise have been remunerated in yearly installments.

If you choose to receive your jackpot win as an annuity it will be paid to you in yearly installments over a time period of 25 years.

You need to make your claim within 180 days of the winning draw.

If your Washington Lottery win is up to US$ 600 you will be able to claim your prize from any WA State Lottery retailer in the state.

If your win is more than US$ 600 then you will need to claim your prize from any of the Washington Lottery regional offices.

If you are a jackpot winner you will need to make your claim by telephoning a WA State Lottery office & arranging an appointment.

If you play lottery online this will be no concern for you as your lottery ticket sales organization will take care of all these details whether this is SmartWinners, TheLotter or any other company.

WA State Lottery Where the Money Goes

Many different bodies and programs benefit from funds generated by people buying tickets for the Washington State Lottery games.

Two areas that benefit greatly from WA State Lottery funding are public education and stadium construction. Other aspects that benefit include the General Fund, King County (Safeco), Economic Development & Problem Gambling plus the Amber Alert program.


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