OKLAHOMA CITY (October 17, 2017) - Building further on their relaunch earlier this year, the Oklahoma Lottery is offering two improved multistate jackpot games starting this fall. Mega Millions will offer an enhanced version of the current game starting October 28. Lotto America, an all-new multistate draw game, will replace the retiring Hot Lotto game, with sales starting November 12.
“We incorporate player feedback into every decision,” said Jay Finks, director of marketing and administration for the Oklahoma Lottery. “We constantly hear how much players enjoy the Powerball experience, and with these exciting changes for Mega Millions and Lotto America, they’ll see more of the large jackpot draw game elements they really love.”
Mega Millions is increasing the cost of play from $1 to $2 in an effort to generate higher jackpots that grow more quickly, similar to a strategy implemented by Powerball in 2012. This game’s starting jackpot has also been increased from $15 million to $40 million.
The last drawing for Hot Lotto will be October 28, and the first drawing for Lotto America is scheduled for November 15. Any winning Hot Lotto ticket will be eligible to be cashed for 180 days after its final draw date. In the event the current Hot Lotto jackpot is not won before the final drawing, the new Lotto America starting jackpot will be increased from $2 million to $15 million for its first draw.
“From time to time, lotteries look to refresh their product lines to provide players with the best possible winning experience,” Finks said. “We think Lotto America will do just that, and we think players will enjoy it even more.” Updates to these offerings come on the heels of the Oklahoma Lottery’s relaunch in July, after a change in Oklahoma law empowered the state agency to completely restructure their line of games to increase payouts and the number of winners. The Lottery plans additional changes to their game portfolio during the next several months to keep players engaged.
Proceeds from Lottery play – including the purchase of interstate games – directly fund Oklahoma education. With the new law in effect, $50 million is guaranteed annually moving forward for education, with any additional profits earmarked to enhance K-12 initiatives in reading, science, technology, engineering and math.