Des Moines, Iowa – The Hot Lotto game is heading into retirement this fall after a run that started back in April of 2002. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says Iowa and the 13 other lotteries that sell the game decided to make the move after a performance review.
She says it’s a bit ironic as Hot Lotto was developed after players told the Iowa Lottery they weren’t as interested in chasing the mega jackpots generated by some of the other games.
The Hot Lotto game was at the center of one of the most convoluted stories and mysteries in Iowa that eventually led to a guilty plea in a multi-state lottery rigging scheme. Neubauer says that case had not impact on the decision to end the game.
She expects something to replace the Hot Lotto game.
The last Hot Lotto drawing is scheduled for October 28th. There is the possibility that no one has the winning numbers for that jackpot.
And if you win some sort of prize in that last drawing, you can still collect it.
Iowa Lottery players have won eight jackpots in Hot Lotto since it began. That includes the largest prize ever in the game — a nearly 20 million dollar jackpot (19.97) — won in January 2007 by John Hall of Indianola.