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The Idaho Lottery is a state lottery which was founded in 1988 by the Idaho residents for the benefit of the Idaho state especially the education sector. The first tickets were sold on 19 July 1989 and the lottery raised a total of $65 million in ticket sales in its first year and to date, the Idaho lottery has transferred over $700 million to public education and infrastructure using the money raised through Idaho Lottery ticket sales. The games offered by the Idaho lottery keeps on increasing and now they offer quite a wide range of games which are categorized as Draw, Scratch, Instaplay, Tabs and Raffles. The games which are offered by this lottery are:
Lucky for Life
5 Star Draw
How do you play the Idaho Lottery?
The Idaho lottery consists of a number of games which are different in nature and these games have different rules and playstyles. This article will look at each game individually, clearly explaining what the game entails and how to play it.
The Powerball is a multi-state jackpot game which is very popular in the United States. The lottery has two weekly drawings every Wednesday and Saturday and the draws are held at 9:59 p.m. CT after ticket sales have ended at 8:59 p.m. Powerball is a two set lottery and in order for you to play the Powerball, you must select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26 for the Powerball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. Powerball is not a cheap lottery, each time you play the Powerball, you must part ways with $2 which is the cost of play and the Power Play option adds $1 per play.
MegaMillions is a very popular lottery which is played in a total of 45 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery was launched in 1996 and has evolved through the years because when it was initially launched, it was referred to as the Big Game, it was relaunched in 2002 as The Big Game Mega Millions temporarily, before being renamed Mega Millions. The lottery is a 5/70 lottery and when you are playing Mega Millions, you must select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. This lottery is one of the most lucrative lotteries in the world with its record jackpot a staggering $1.537 billion which was won in 2018. The ticket cost is $2 per ticket and you can add $1 for the Megaplier.
Lucky for Life
Lucky for Life is a very popular game which is available in 26 states. The Lucky for Life game gives players the chance to win an huge amount of cash for many years to come which is really great because there are punters who lose their jackpots easily, but this system of releasing the money in batches is very good. Lucky for Life has two weekly which take place in Connecticut every Monday and Thursday. In order to play this lottery, you must select five numbers from 1 to 48 and one Lucky Ball from 1 to 18, you can do this manually or through the use of the Quick Pick option. If you manage to match all five main numbers plus the Lucky Ball, then you’ll win the jackpot.
Lotto America is a lottery game played in the United States in a number of states. The lottery has a minimum estimated annuity jackpot of $2 million per drawing, but the good thing is that there are eight more prize categories where punters can win up to $20,000 in cash prizes. When you are playing Lotto America, you must simply pick just 5 numbers from a range of 1 – 52 and a Star Ball number from 1 – 10 and if you manage to match your selected numbers with the drawn ones, you will win the jackpot. When making your selections, either do your selections manually or use the Quick Pick option whereby a computer randomly selects your numbers. Lotto America has two weekly drawings which are conducted every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00pm on both days. For an additional $1 per game, if you win a set cash prize, you’re guaranteed to multiply that amount with All-Star Bonus Multiplier.
Idaho Cash is a popular game from the Idaho lottery with a rolling jackpot which starts at $20,000 and it rolls over until it is won. When you are playing the lottery, you have to decide how many plays you want but realize that a minimum of two plays must be played. You must pick 5 numbers manually or using the ‘Quick Pick’ feature, the 5 numbers must be selected from a range of 1 to 45. You need to be extra careful when you are playing this game because Idaho cash tickets cannot be canceled after they are processed. The Idaho Cash has two weekly drawings which are conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m
The Idaho Pick 3 is a very popular game because it offers punters with many opportunities of winning since it is drawn twice daily, with the NIGHT draw being held at 7:59 p.m. MT and the DAY draw being held at 1:59 p.m. MT. As the name suggests, you must pick a three-digit number of your choice or use the ‘Quick Pick’ option. and let the Lottery terminal pick it for you. Below are the wagers you can choose from when betting on this lottery;
Numbers drawn match your numbers in exact order.
Numbers drawn match your numbers in any order (2 like numbers).
Any Order 6-way: Numbers drawn match your numbers in any order (3 unique numbers).
Exact/Any Order 3-way: All 3 numbers in exact/any order (2 Like numbers).
Exact/Any Order 6-way: All 3 numbers in exact/any order (3 unique numbers).
Front Pair: First 2 numbers in exact order (pick 2 numbers only).
Back Pair: Second and third numbers in exact order (pick 2 numbers only).
5 Star Draw
5 Star Draw is an Idaho game with 2 weekly drawings every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 pm MT on both days and punters have an opportunity to win a jackpot prize of at least $250,000. When you are playing this game, you need to select five numbers from 1 to 45 on one half of the play board and another set of five numbers from 1 to 45 on the other half. If you do not want to make the selections yourself for whatever reason, you can make use of the Quick Pick option to get random selections. If your selected numbers match the winning drawn numbers, you will be the jackpot winner. The game is quite pricey as the cost of a single play is $5.
The Weekly Grand is the real deal because you could win yourself $1,000 a week for a full year. Punters have two weekly opportunities of playing this game because it has two weekly drawings on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM on both days. A single ticket for the Weekly Grand is $2 and for you to play the game, you must pick five numbers from 1 to 32 or use the Quick Pick feature which randomly generates the numbers for you. If you manage to match all five drawn numbers drawn, you will win the top prize.
When are the Idaho draws conducted?
Drawing times for the Idaho Lottery games are different as they are separate games altogether. Below are the draw dates and times for all the draws;
Game Draw Days Draw Times*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 8:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 9:00 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 8:38 PM
Lotto America Wednesday & Saturday 9:00 PM
Cash Wednesday & Saturday 8:00 PM
5 Star Draw Tuesday & Friday 8:00 PM
Weekly Grand Wednesday & Saturday 8:00 PM
Pick 3 Daily 1:59 PM & 7:59 PM
What is the Idaho Lucky For Life?
Lucky for Life is a very popular draw game which is available in 26 states including the Idaho State. The Lucky for Life game gives players the chance to win an huge amount of cash for many years to come which is really great because there are punters who lose their jackpots easily, but this system of releasing the money in batches is very good. The Lucky For Life game is a two set lotto game and the jackpot winner must match the numbers from both sets.
How to play Idaho Lucky For Life?
In order for you to play the Idaho Lucky For Life lottery, you must select five numbers from 1 to 48 and one Lucky Ball from 1 to 18, please note that when you are making the selections, you can do this manually or through the use of the Quick Pick option. In order for you to win the jackpot, you must then match all five main numbers plus the Lucky Ball. Your Lucky Ball number can be the same as one of your first five numbers since there are seperate sets.
How much is the jackpot?
The Lucky For Life has an amazing jackpot prize of $1000 a day, every day, for the rest of your life.
How much does it cost to play Lucky For Life?
Lucky For Life is fairly priced as the cost of playing is only $2 per play.
When are the draws for the Lucky For Life held?
Lucky for Life has two weekly which take place every Monday and Thursday at 8:35 p.m. MT on both days.
What are the odds of winning the Lucky For Life?
The Lucky For Life game is very difficult draw game to win and the odds of winning are stacked against you at 1 in 30,821,472. Below are the odds for all the categories for the Lucky For Life draw;
5+1 1 in 30,821,472
5 1 in 1,813,028
4+1 1 in 143,356
4 1 in 8,433
3+1 1 in 3,413
3 1 in 201
2+1 1 in 250
2 1 in 15
1+1 1 in 50
1 1 in 32
Who can bet on the Idaho Lottery?
Idaho’s in-state games are currently only available in the state but don’t despair because you can still bet on Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto America which are multi state games which can be played internationally.
How to claim your prize if you win?
Claiming your lottery prize is easy, If you are in the state of Idaho, you may claim your prize of $599 or less at any Idaho Lottery retail location. Locate a retailer near you but If you live outside of Idaho you may claim your winnings of any dollar amount through the mail.
When claiming by email, you must do the following;
Sign your name and write your address on the back of your ticket.
Print and fill out the CLAIM FORM AND ADDENDUM if your prize is $600 or more.
Include a copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo ID.
Make a photocopy of the claim form AND your winning ticket. Be sure to COPY BOTH THE FRONT AND THE BACK SIDES OF YOUR TICKET. Keep the photocopy of the completed form and ticket for your records.
Include original ticket (not the photocopy) with the completed claim form.
The mailing address is;:
P.O. Box 8687
Boise, ID 83707