Indiana - Hoosier Lotto
Hoosier Lotto is one of the longest running and most popular lottery games in the US state of Indiana.
Entry to Hoosier Lotto costs $2.00, with draws taking place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 23:00 local time. The cutoff for ticket sales on draw days is 22:39 local time.
To enter Hoosier Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 46, or go for a Quick Pick to play with randomly selected numbers.
All Hoosier Lotto tickets are printed with a multiplier to specify how many times non-jackpot prizes are multiplied if won. Prizes can be multiplied up to 10 times!
Also, the +PLUS game is available for an extra $1.00, with players entering the same numbers for the $1 million jackpot and the +PLUS draw.
Hoosier Lotto offers a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $1 million and has no jackpot or rollover cap.
The jackpot starts to grow if not won after three draws, increasing by a minimum of $100,000 per draw until there is a winner.
The biggest ever Hoosier Lotto jackpot was $54.5 million in November 2007.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Hoosier Lotto jackpot are 1 in 9,366,819, which are better odds than many other “match six” lotteries around the world.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 6, with prizes available at five different tiers.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||6||1 in 9,366,819||0.00001|
|2||5||1 in 39,028||0.003|
|3||4||1 in 800||0.125|
|4||3||1 in 47||2.13|
|5||2||1 in 7||14.3|
Payout and Taxes
Players have up to 180 days to claim Hoosier Lotto winnings.
Jackpot winners can receive prizes as a lump sum or as 35 annual payments.
Lottery prizes are taxed at source in Indiana, even for players living abroad. Prizes over $1,200 are subject to 3.5% state tax, with prizes over $5,000 subject to 25% federal tax. Federal tax of 30% is levied against prizes won by non-US residents.
Players from abroad should check local tax laws to find out if winnings must be declared.
Who Can Play Hoosier Lotto?
Hoosier Lotto tickets can be bought from authorized retailers in Indiana by anyone over 18.
Online entry is available via the official Hoosier Lottery website for players living in Indiana, and at authorized Lottery Agent websites for everyone else.
Players in Indiana can also participate via the Hoosier Lottery app.
History of Hoosier Lotto
Hoosier Lotto was launched in 1988 and was Indiana’s first lottery game.
Until April 2016, players chose from 48 numbers rather than the current 46, when the “+PLUS” game was added.