Rhode Island Lottery
The Rhode Island Lottery (or The Lot) is run by the government of Rhode Island. It is a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Rhode Island Lottery games include Mega Millions, Powerball, Wild Money, keno, and scratch tickets. Rhode Island also offers video lottery, which includes the multi-jurisdictional MegaHits game.
The minimum age to play the Rhode Island Lottery is 18.
Rhode Island-only games
The Numbers Game
Begun in 1976, it is the first Rhode Island game where players could select their numbers. Nightly, 4 sets of balls numbered 0 through 9 are drawn. Prices, prizes, and options vary.
Wild Money is drawn Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It draws 5 balls numbered 1-35, with an "Extra Ball" drawn from the remaining 30. The "Extra Ball" is used to determine some of the prizes, but not the jackpot, which starts at $20,000. Games are $1.
Keno (limited availability)
Keno is played at retailers equipped with a special monitor. Drawings are four minutes apart during Keno hours. Prices, prizes, and options vary.
You Can't Lose If You Don't Play.
Rhode Island was among the seven founding members of MUSL, formed in 1987. Its best-known game, Powerball, began in 1992. Games cost $2 each. A PowerPlay game costs $3. The "PowerPlay" option began in 2001.
Currently, Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million. The game is drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Powerball has undergone several format changes. The first was in 1997, which introduced its cash option. On January 15, 2012, Powerball was changed again. Games now cost $2 each, or $3 with Power Play. The starting jackpot was doubled to $40 million. The Power Play winnings are no longer determined by a random multiplier.
Rhode Island's largest lottery prize was $336,400,000 (annuity value) for the February 11, 2012 drawing; the cash option was chosen.
On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in US lottery jurisdictions. Rhode Island added Mega Millions on the cross-selling expansion date, January 31, 2010.
Rhode Island's two lottery-run casinos (Twin River in Lincoln and Newport Grand in Newport) are among the nine venues that offer MegaHits, MUSL's second video lottery terminal (VLT) progressive jackpot game. MegaHits began in 2011; it replaced Cashola. (Delaware and West Virginia also offer MegaHits.) MegaHits features five jackpots; the top progressive's minimum is $100,000. All MegaHits jackots are paid in cash. The maximum wager must be made to be eligible for any of the progressives. (All MegaHits wagers feed the top progressive level; however, the other progressives are fed by MegaHits wagers within that lottery's jurisdiction.)
Lucky For Life
In 2009, the Connecticut Lottery began an in-state game called Lucky4Life. It was replaced three years later by a regional game with a modified name: Lucky for Life.
The current Lucky for Life, which began on September 17, 2013, costs $2 per play. Players pick 5 of 43 white balls, and 1 of 43 green "Lucky Balls". First and second prizes are "lifetime" annuities: $1,000 per day for a perfect match (5+1), or $25,000 per year for a 5+0 match. A winner of either lifetime annuity can choose cash instead of the periodic payments.
Lot-O-Bucks was the Rhode Island Lottery's first terminal-based jackpot game. It ended in 1995. Lot-O-Bucks used several different number matrixes, most recently a pick-5-of-40.
The first MUSL video lottery progressive, Cashola, began in July 2006; it ended when its 37th jackpot was won, on May 15, 2011. Cashola's jackpot was its only progressive level.