Washington's Lottery

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To be distinguished from D.C. Lottery.
Washington's Lottery
Washington's Lottery logo.svg
Washington's Lottery logo
Type Lottery System
Website Official website

Washington's Lottery is run by the government of Washington state. Its games include Mega Millions, Powerball, Keno, Hit 5, and scratch games.

Games[edit]

Washington's Lottery offers several draw games, plus scratch ticket games. The list of draw games:

Game Matrice(s) Prize range
Lotto 6 of 49 $3 through Jackpot (begins at $1 million)
Mega Millions 5 of 56 + 1 of 46 $2†, $3†, $7†, $10†, $150†, $10,000†, $250,000‡, or Jackpot (begins at $12 million)
Powerball 5 of 59 + 1 of 35 $4♠, $7♠, $100♠, $10,000♠, $1,000,000♠, or Jackpot (begins at $40 million)
Hit 5 5 of 39 $1 through Cashpot (begins at $100,000)
Daily Keno 10 of 80; 20 numbers drawn Prizes vary by number of 'spots' picked and matched.
Daily Game 3 digits 0-9 Prizes vary by betting style.
Match 4 4 of 24 $2, $20, or $10,000

Laws prohibit any game from being drawn more than once daily.

† These prizes are multiplied by 2, 3, or 4 if the Megaplier option was activated.

‡ Mega Millions' second prize automatically has a 4x multiplier ($1 million cash) if the Megaplier was activated. (Megaplier, initially a Texas-only option, was introduced to Washington's Lottery in January 2011.)

♠ In January 2012, the Power Play multiplier was retired; non-jackpot prizes have fixed values regardless of whether the option was activated. In the case of second prize, a Power Play wager wins $2,000,000 cash.

A list of scratch ticket games can be found *here

Retired games[edit]

This is a partial list games that have been retired and when they were active.

Name Dates Rules
Quinto 1990-March 2007 5 of 52 cards
Lotto Plus May 1, 2002 - October 4, 2003 5 of 43; + 1 of 23

Quinto, for a brief period, had an add-on game called Beat the State.

Special games[edit]

For its 25th anniversary, the Lottery held its first raffle; 375,000 tickets were sold, with three prizes of $1 million; four of $100,000; and 350 of $1,000. In the first drawing, all tickets were sold. In spring 2008, a second raffle was held; however, over 100,000 tickets were unsold. The cost of a ticket in both raffles was $20.

Etc.[edit]

Many US lotteries draw some games, such as pick-3, at least twice daily. However, local law prohibits Washington's Lottery from drawing any of its games more than once daily. This explains why its Keno is not drawn every few minutes, unlike a growing number of lotteries.

In April 2009, both houses of the Washington Legislature passed a bill to allow Washington's Lottery to sell Powerball tickets, which would take effect 90 days after the Governor's signature.

Minimum age to play is 18.

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