Washington State Lottery
The Washington Lottery was formed in 1982 with a view to generate income for various state programs via the monies raised from the sale of its lottery tickets.
It is run by the government of Washington State. As well as this, the Washington State Lottery is an active participant in causes that help to raise awareness about the risks involved due to problem gambling.
The Washington State Lottery, along with others, is a partner of the Washington State Patrol and helps support the Amber Alert Program across the state of Washington. The Amber Alert Program receives reports of missing or abducted children with the help and cooperation of lottery retailers and broadcasts this important information to the public.
As well as this, the Washington State Lotto partners with Page Ahead – a non-profit group that supports literacy at home in low-income families with children by providing donations of books.
The Washington State Lottery is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) the operate the huge Mega Millions lottery and offers MegaMillions as part of its portfolio of games.
Other games offered by the WA State Lottery include various scratch-offs, Keno, Hit 5, Daily Game Match 4 and its very own Lotto which is the game we will be looking at in greater detail here…
Washington State Lotto – Overview
The Washington State Lotto is the main game in the Washington State Lottery range of products. It is a traditional, jackpot-style game and was introduced back in July 1984.
In the time since then, it has produced more than $1.5 billion in prizes for the lucky winners.
Jackpots for the Washington Lotto begin at $1 million and “roll over” each time it is not won. That figure is then added onto the following draw’s jackpot and increases in size each draw until somebody wins it when it will revert to the starting jackpot sum of $1 million once more.
The size of these lotto jackpot rollovers are dependent upon the number of lottery ticket sales – the more people who play – the bigger the rollover jackpot.
The Washington Lotto uses a single matrix of 6/49
Drawings for the Washington State Lotto take place three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm Pacific Time (PST).
How It Works…
The WA State Lottery Lotto uses what’s called a 6/49 matrix for its Lotto game - which means that when playing the Washington Lotto, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a jackpot winner.
In addition to the jackpot itself, there are 3 more ways in which you can win in the WA State Lottery, with prizes to be won on the Lotto if you match either 5 of the 6 numbers drawn, 4 numbers or even just 3.
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 Euro-Millions or many other USA lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your Washington Lotto numbers for you.
2 Lines For Just $1.00…
When playing the Washington Lotto you will need to select your 6 numbers twice as you will be getting at least 2 entries on this game each time you play.
So, playing the Washington Lotto is simple…just select your own 6 numbers or request them to be randomly generated for you by selecting the “Quick Pick” option.
So, the cost of each entry into the Washington State Lottery jackpot game, the Lotto is at the standard cost of $1.00 and for this, you will get 2 “plays” – 2 chances of winning.
Who Can Play?
Like most US Lotteries games, previously only citizens living in the State of Washington were allowed to play in any of the Washington Lottery games - including the Washington Lotto - you used to have to purchase your WA lotto tickets from an authorized retailer based in Washington itself.
Nowadays, though, there are a good number of online lottery ticket sales agencies such as TheLotter who are both authorized and genuine - you are able to select your Washington Lottery numbers online and purchase your tickets without worrying about where in the world you may be living.
This is good news of course if you live outside of the USA & Washington & want to play the Washington Lotto & ensure your entry into the next draw or just want to have the convenience & ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online for the Washington Lottery.
Once you have entered into the Washington Lotto draw, you can then easily check your chosen Washington Lottery results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky Lotto winners.
You will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the Washington State Lottery games 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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Information & Background
You can check all Washington State Lotto results at any Lottery retailer within the state or in most of the daily newspapers.
What Are The Odds?
The odds of winning on the WA Lotto are extremely competitive when compared to many of the US lotteries, especially the Multi-State offerings of Powerball and Mega Millions.
The chances of winning a Washington State Lottery jackpot are 1 in 6.99 million – for these odds you could be a Washington Lotto jackpot winner.
For one of the prizes on the second level, the odds come in at 1 in 27.1 thousand.
The likelihood of winning a third tier prize comes in at 1 in 516 and for a prize on the fourth tier the odds are reduce right down to just 1 in 28.
The overall odds of you winning any prize in a Washington Lotto draw are a very reasonable 1 in just 27. These are good overall odds for a jackpot game that produces thousands of cash winners every week.
The largest jackpot won to date on the Washington Lotto is $9.7million on July 26th 2008. The lucky winners were from the Everett region of Washington.
On December 10th 2008, the Washington Lotto produced its second highest jackpot payout when $8.9 million was won once again by ticket holders in the Everett region.
The Josal Partners won the Lotto jackpot on February 5th 2009 and scooped a very attractive $6.8 million.
How Are Jackpots Paid?
As a Washington State Lottery jackpot winner, you would have a choice in how you wish to receive your winnings. You could choose to have either a single cash lump sum payment or an annuity prize.
You will need to make the choice as to whether you wish to receive the cash lump sum option or the annuity instalment payments option within 60 days of making your winning claim. If you make no decision, after the 60 day period, the jackpot will automatically be paid to you as an annuity.
In terms of value, if you chose to take the cash lump sum payment as a Washington Lotto jackpot winner, you would receive approximately 50% of the annuity value that you would be paid in installments.
If you choose to receive your jackpot as an annuity, it would be paid to you in yearly instalments over a 25 year period.
If your Washington Lottery win is up to $600 you will be able to claim your prize from any of the Washington State Lottery retailers across the state.
If your win is more than $600 then you will need to claim your prize at any Washington Lottery regional office.
If you are a jackpot winner, you will need to make your claim by calling a Washington State Lottery office and making an appointment to claim your prize.
If you play lottery online however, whatever your win, this will not be a concern for you, as your accredited lottery ticket sales agency will take care of all this for you, whether it is TheLotter or whichever company you may use.
How The State Benefits…
Many different bodies and programs benefit from funds generated by people playing in the Washington State Lottery games.
Two areas that benefit the most are public education and stadium construction. Other areas to benefit include the General Fund, King County (Safeco), Ecconomic Development and Problem Gambling.