The Hoosier Lottery is run by the state of Indiana. It is the only lottery in the United States that uses the state's nickname, rather than the state name itself, as its name. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Its games include Hoosier Lotto, Powerball, Lucky 5, and numerous scratch games. It is unlikely to add Hot Lotto (as it has an in-state annuitized jackpot game) or any other MUSL game in the near future.
On July 29, 1998, a group of 13 machine-shop workers from Ohio bought a Powerball ticket in Richmond, Indiana that won the then-largest U.S. lottery jackpot ($295.7 million annuity value.) The "baker's dozen" had chosen the cash option. Richmond produced a yet-larger Powerball prize of approximately $314 million in the August 25, 2007 drawing. As of August 27, the ticket has not been claimed.
There have been no jackpot winners since October 21, 2006, so the grand prize has escalated to a record $54.5 million (paid in 30 annual installments unless the cash option is chosen) for the drawing on November 7, 2007.
This broke the previous record of $42 million set June 5, 1999.
Multi-State Lottery Association
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a "non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries."
It was formed in 1987 by six states and the D.C. Lottery. Its first game was launched the next year. Slowly, more states joined MUSL. After the original game ended in favor of Powerball (whose first drawing was held on April 22, 1992), US lotteries were more eager to join. Powerball (as of June 2007) is played in 29 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All MUSL
|members offer Powerball. MUSL additionally runs several smaller games, including Hot Lotto, and Cashola, a video lottery jackpot game. MUSL also has retired several games, including Daily Millions, Rolldown, and the Powerball scratchcard game.|
In September 2007, MUSL will launch Midwest Millions, a scratch ticket game, in Iowa, and Kansas.
Unlike Mega Millions, which is more loosely organized, the rules of MUSL games are virtually the same in all jurisdictions. The only major differences are: the minimum age to purchase tickets (which usually is 18, but is 19 in one state, and 21 in three others), and the period to claim winning tickets, which ranges from 90 days to one year.