North Dakota Lottery

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The North Dakota Lottery is run by the government of North Dakota. The Lottery began in 2004, following voter approval of an initiative constitutional amendment in 2002, Measure 2, which amended Article XI, Section 25 of the North Dakota Constitution to allow for the state to join a multi-state lottery "for the benefit of the State of North Dakota." In-state games were not allowed; 63 percent of voters supported the measure.[1]

It is unique among US lotteries in that it is allowed only to offer multi-jurisdictional games, i.e., North Dakota-only games cannot be sold.[2] As a result, all of its games are part of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). North Dakota's games are: Mega Millions, Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2, and 2by2. (The Sizzler option in Hot Lotto is called Triple Sizzler in North Dakota; it is similar to Mega Millions' Megaplier, and the previous version of Powerball's PowerPlay.)

North Dakota's lottery games require players to be at least 18 years old.

North Dakota Lottery games[edit]


Main article: 2by2 (lottery)

2by2 is played in North Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. It is drawn nightly. 2by2 draws two red numbers from 1 through 26, and two white numbers, also 1 through 26. Games cost $1 each. There are eight ways to win. The top prize usually is $22,000; however, a ticket good for seven drawings matching all four numbers in a Tuesday draw wins $44,000.

Lucky for Life[edit]

Main article: Lucky for Life

In 2009, the Connecticut Lottery began a came then known as Lucky-4-Life. Eventually, it became a regional game. After several modifications, in 2015 it became a "quasi-national" game. (Currently, it is available in 22 states and the District of Columbia.) Lucky for Life plays are $2 each. Two number fields are used: players choose 5 of 48 "white balls", and a green "Lucky Ball" from 18 numbers. Drawings remain in Connecticut; each Monday and Thursday night, the winning numbers are selected from two "classic" drawing machines. Top prize is $1,000-per-week-for-life; second prize, $25,000-per year. Winners of a "lifetime prize" can choose cash instead.

Lucky for Life replaced Wild Card 2 (initially known as Wild Card) in 2016. Montana and Idaho also offered Wild Card 2 (along with South Dakota); Montana and Idaho have since joined LFL.

Hot Lotto[edit]

Hot Lotto is offered in 14 states; it is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws five "white balls" numbered 1-47 and an orange "Hot Ball" (1-19.) The cash jackpot starts at $1,000,000 (taxes-paid"). The game has an option called Triple Sizzler (Sizzler elsewhere); non-jackpot prizes are tripled. The original Hot Lotto featured fewer numbers, "classic-style" drawings, and an annuitized jackpot.


Powerball was North Dakota's first lottery game. Its opening jackpot is $40 million; it is drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Mega Millions[edit]

Main article: Mega Millions

On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in U.S. lottery jurisdictions. The Lottery Advisory Commission voted unanimously on October 22, 2009 to bring Mega Millions to North Dakota, with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem eventually approving the game. The Lottery joined Mega Millions on January 31, 2010. The current format for Mega Millions began on October 19, 2013.


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