The Indiana Lottery…..
The Hoosier Lottery is exclusive to Indiana but attracts considerable international interest (rephrase) due to its frequency of drawings, generous jackpots and better-than-normal odds. This simple five-ball game produces a new winner twice a week with jackpots never worth less than $1,000,000 and sometimes growing to be worth upwards of $50,000,000.
Indiana does not sell Hoosier lottery tickets online, but state officials have launched a study in anticipation of possibly launching online lottery sales. If the study yields positive results (which it should given the immense success other states have had taking their lotteries online), look for lawmakers to take action quickly.
There are also some third-party websites that sell lottery tickets to the Hoosier Lottery, but they are not authorized by the lottery and they operate contrary to US law if they sell tickets to US residents. Our advice is to refrain from purchasing Indian lottery tickets online until lawmakers decide to formally legalize online ticket sales.
How the Hoosier Lotto Works
The Hoosier lottery costs $1 per play with drawings held every Wednesday and Saturday evening. When you buy a ticket, you are asked to pick six numbers from 1-48 and then win the whole jackpot if you match all five numbers. There are also four other winning combinations with prizes that range from a free ticket to a share of the total prize pool not counting the main jackpot.
People tend to like this particular lottery because it is easier to win than other similarly-sized jackpots. You only have to select from 48 numbers in this one rather than the standard 59 or 60 like you see in other state lotteries. Thus, the odds of hitting the jackpot in this one are 1:12,271,512. This is quite a step up when you compare it to the NY Lotto which has odds of 1:22,500,000.
Some people even seem to like it too much. A while back, three people found themselves in hot water after trying to game the system. A family hit the big one for $2 million and all seemed well until investigators learned the winning entry came from a roll of tickets that the family was never authorized to activate after they sold their liquor store.
Once you pick your numbers and pay for your ticket, all you have to do is check the winning numbers after the next drawing. Matching two or more numbers results in one of the following prizes:
- All 6 Numbers: Jackpot ($1 million to $54 million in the past)
- 5 Numbers: Parimutuel payout in the range of $800 or so
- 4 Numbers: Parimutuel payout in the range of $50
- 3 Numbers: $3 payout
- 2 Numbers: Free ticket
You can play the Hoosier Lotto any time and take some satisfaction knowing your money supports a good cause. Revenue collected by the state is put towards local police and firefighter pensions, the teacher’s retirement fund and the Build Indiana Fund. Even when you don’t hit the big one, at least you know you’re doing some good for the state.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier lottery has transferred more than $4.3 billion to various state funds and paid more than $9.4 billion in winnings to players. You can read more about where the money goes at the official Hoosier lottery website.
In addition to scratch tickets, players in the Hoosier Lottery can participate in nine draw games that can result in mega winnings. The three most popular jackpot games are Powerball with Power Play, Mega Millions with Megaplier, and Hoosier Lotto. Resident of Indiana will be excited to know that their state has sold more winning jackpot tickets than any other participating jurisdiction.
The EZmatch add-on is an optional feature that you can add to any ticket for an extra $1. Then, you win an additional prize if any of your numbers match the five additional EZmatch numbers printed on the ticket. Prizes range from $2 to $500 depending on which number matches.
Here’s an example of a Hoosier Lotto ticket with EZmatch activated:
Can I Buy Hoosier Lotto Subscriptions Online?
Not yet. The Hoosier Lottery is considering online ticket sales and subscriptions, but new legislation may be needed. The only place to buy Hoosier Lottery tickets legally is through an authorized retailer.