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spacer January 28, 2008

Hot Lotto® debuts with million-dollar jackpots

Dover, DE -- The Delaware Lottery today introduced HOT LOTTO®, a new Lotto-style game with guaranteed estimated annuity jackpots of at least $1 million. Already popular in 12 states and the District of Columbia, tickets sales for the $1 game begin today across the First State, and the first drawing will be held Jan. 30. The estimated annuity jackpot for the Jan. 30 drawing is $4.7 million.

While similar to Powerball® and Multi-Win Lotto, HOT LOTTO® players select five white ball numbers from 1 to 39 and one orange Hot Ball number from 1 to 19. A $1 Sizzler® option (like the Powerball® Power Play) gives gamers a chance to automatically triple lower-tier prizes.

"Delaware, like many smaller states, has a demand for a Lotto game on par with the jackpots offered by larger state lotteries," said Wayne Lemons, Delaware Lottery Director. "We've heard the call for a game with larger top-prizes than Multi-Win Lotto and better odds than Powerball®. HOT LOTTO® fills this niche and offers players a better shot to take home estimated annuity prizes in the $1 million to $20 million range."

Odds of winning the HOT LOTTO® jackpot are one in nearly 11 million, while the odds of winning the top Powerball® prize are one in 146 million. Drawings for the multi-state game are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Players can purchase a multi-draw ticket for up to 10 draws at a time. Jackpots begin at an estimated annuity of $1 million and increase by at least $50,000 per drawing until a winning number is drawn.

To win the jackpot, players must match all five numbers and the Hot Ball. Matching five numbers but not the Hot Ball wins $10,000 and matching four numbers and the Hot Ball wins $500. Any time a player matches the Hot Ball they win $2 with other prizes ranging between $3 and $50. Player instructions and overall odds are available at

The jackpot prize can be paid out either as a 24 year, 25-payment annuity, or as a single lump sum in cash. The two biggest jackpots for HOT LOTTO® were both in 2007, one worth $19.9 million in January and another worth $12.9 million in July.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $2.6 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: HOT LOTTO®, POWERBALL®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.

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