Washington - Lotto
The Washington State Lotto is the biggest game in the state’s lottery arsenal. The Washington State Lotto also operates the scratch off tickets, Hit 5, Keno and Daily Game Match 4. Jackpots at the State Lotto start off at $1 million and they roll over every time the grand prize has not been awarded. The jackpot amounts vary depending on how many tickets are sold for each game. Over the years the Washington Lotto has paid out over $1.5 billion in prizes!
Lottery Odds And Statistics
Like many other state lotteries Washington State uses a 6/49 matrix for its drawing. Players select six numbers from 1 to 49. If you match all six you are the big lotto winner! In addition to the big six win players can also win by matching four or five numbers. The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in nearly 7 million. Pick five of the right numbers and the odds increase to 1:27,000. A third tier prize puts your odds at 1:516. Fourth tier odds are 1:28 although the fourth tier prize is typically a very small cash amount.
Lottery Security And Results
The Washington state government has been running the lotto system for nearly 30 years. The largest jackpot ever won in the Washington Lotto was $9.7 million back in 2008. Payouts can be awarded either as a lump sum or an annuity prize. The lump sum payment is 50% of the amount awarded with the annuity. Unlike other lump sum vs. annuity offerings the Washington Lotto allows the winner to select how to get paid after they’ve won. The lucky winner has to choose lump sum or payments within 60 days of claiming the prize or the winnings will default to the annuity program.
The Washington State Lotto was created back in 1982 as a way to generate additional income for state programs. It is a partner of the Washington State Patrol which coordinates the very important Amber Alert Program around the state. The Lotto also partners with Page Ahead, which is a non-profit organization that aids in developing literacy among low income families. Washington’s lotto is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association, the enormous group that operates the Mega Millions lotto.
The Washington State Lotto provides the state of Washington with much needed support and offers an amazing winning prize at the same time. Choose six numbers from 1 to 49 and you can become the grand prize lottery winner!