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Hot Lotto® Is Really Heating Up

Hot Lotto Jackpot Hits Third Highest Mark in History

John Hall In 2007, John Hall of Indianola was the sole recipient of the largest Hot Lotto jackpot prize to date.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Not only does Hot Lotto® have some of the best odds of winning in a lotto game, but it's also at its third highest jackpot in history.

The Hot Lotto jackpot has been steadily climbing over the past several weeks and now Wednesday's estimated jackpot is more than $12.9 million.

The highest Hot Lotto jackpot on record is $19.97 million in Jan. 2007. John Hall of Indianola was the sole recipient of the largest Hot Lotto jackpot prize to date. The second largest prize was $16.69 million in Aug. 2009.

"The current Hot Lotto jackpot has already exceeded the Mega Millions® starting jackpot," said Hot Lotto Chair and Director George Parisot. "The Hot Lotto odds are 1 in 10,939,383, giving players a better chance of winning the Hot Lotto jackpot versus the Powerball® or Mega Millions jackpots."

According to Parisot, the Hot Lotto game was created to make it easier to be a millionaire. Hot Lotto players choose five numbers from a pool of 39 and another number, called the Hot Ball, from a pool of 19. The Hot Lotto jackpot starts at $1 million and grows until someone wins it. Tickets in the game cost $1. Hot Lotto drawings are held at about 9:40 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, just before the Powerball drawings.

Players can multiply their non-jackpot prizes by three with the Hot Lotto Sizzler option. The cost is $1 per play. Prizes are always tripled with the Hot Lotto Sizzler.

"The Hot Lotto Sizzler® option has been a popular add-on as the jackpot continues to grow," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "The extra dollar multiplying your non-jackpot winnings by three is a great way to win more money."

In 2010, eight Iowa Lottery winners each claimed a $30,000 prize thanks to the Hot Lotto Sizzler option they added to their tickets.

Iowa's Hot Lotto jackpot winners are:

  • John Hall of Indianola, who won a $19.97 million jackpot in January 2007. It's the largest prize offered in the game to date.
  • Moses Bittok of West Des Moines, who won a $1.89 million jackpot in September 2005.
  • Danny Good of Des Moines, who won a $1.65 million jackpot in December 2003.
  • Todd Brobston of Fort Madison, who won a $1.3 million jackpot in November 2003.
  • Don Sporrer of Denison, who won a $2.7 million prize in December 2002.
  • Darlene Becker of Dubuque, who won the first jackpot ever claimed in the game, a $2.6 million prize in the drawing on July 10, 2002.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Players may visit the Iowa Lottery at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines or go to one of the lottery's regional offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

Hot Lotto Prizes and Odds

The jackpot starts at $1 million.

Match  Prize Without
Hot Lotto Sizzler
Prize With
Hot Lotto Sizzler
5 + 1 *Jackpot * Jackpot 1 in 10,939,383.0000
5 + 0 $10,000 $30,000 1 in 607,743.5000
4 + 1 $500 $1,500 1 in 64,349.3118
4 + 0 $50 $150 1 in 3,574.9618
3 + 1 $50 $150 1 in 1,949.9791
3 + 0 $4 $12 1 in 108.3322
2 + 1 $4 $12 1 in 182.8105
1 + 1 $3 $9 1 in 47.1769
0 + 1 $2 $6 1 in 39.3141