Lottery players in New Mexico will soon have a hot new way to win a cool million when tickets for Hot Lotto go on sale Sunday, November 12.
The first drawing to include New Mexico will be held on November 15.
"Hot Lotto will be a nice complement to our current games, filling the niche between Roadrunner Cash and Powerball," said Lottery CEO Tom Romero. "New Mexico now has the option of playing for a huge jackpot (Powerball) with higher odds of winning, or a smaller jackpot (Hot Lotto) that is easier to win."
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 146 million, while the odds of winning the Hot Lotto jackpot are one in nearly 11 million. Overall odds of winning any prize playing Hot Lotto are 1 in 16.
Hot Lotto jackpots begin at $1 million and increase by a minimum of $50,000 per drawing until someone wins. The jackpot is currently at a record high of $12.89 million.
Tickets sell for $1 each. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) headquarters at approximately 8:40 p.m. Mountain Time, just prior to the Powerball drawing. The drawings will not be televised.
To play Hot Lotto, players simply choose a total of six numbers — five white ball numbers from a field of 1 to 39, and one "Hot Ball" number from a field of 1 to 19. The game offers nine ways to win prizes ranging from $2 (for matching only the "Hot Ball" number) to winning the jackpot (for matching all five numbers in the first set of numbers plus the "Hot Ball" number).
As with New Mexico's other on-line drawing games, players can pick their own numbers with a play slip, or request a "Quick Pick" allowing the lottery terminal to randomly select the numbers for them. Hot Lotto offers the same style of play as Powerball, but with a different prize structure.
Players can find out if they are winners in several ways. The winning Hot Lotto numbers will be televised as soon as they are available on KOB-TV, and affiliate stations KOBR in Roswell and KOBF in Farmington. Results are also available at all Lottery retailers, and at Lottery Post (www.lotterypost.com).
Like Powerball, Hot Lotto is a multi-state lottery game currently played in nine US lotteries: the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia. The addition of New Mexico brings the total number of participating lotteries to 10.
Hot Lotto was introduced in April 2002 by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a government-benefit, non-profit association that was formed in 1987. Headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa, MUSL is entirely owned and operated by its 31 member lotteries, including the New Mexico Lottery. Its role is to conduct drawings, supervise games, manage accounting, and purchase government securities to fund annuitized prizes. MUSL member lotteries contribute to and share in the prize pool, which is set at 50 percent of sales, and also share operating costs of the association based on a percentage of total sales.
All proceeds from the sale of Hot Lotto, as with all New Mexico Lottery games, benefit education in New Mexico. Since inception, the New Mexico Lottery has raised more than $294.3 million, including $227.7 million for the Lottery Success Scholarship program. According to statistics provided by the Higher Education Department, more than 43,000 students have received in-state tuition for college from this merit-based scholarship program.