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September 15, 2008

Players enjoy limited-time campaign that turns non-winning tickets into cash

Dover, DE -- Delaware Lottery players around the state have caught the fever for HOT LOTTO®, and with good reason. Since the game's debut in late January, 128,598 winners have taken home $850,104. The heat wave of winnings will continue through the fall, because beginning today players have a second chance to win with their HOT LOTTO® tickets. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 31 players who submit non-winning tickets to the Delaware Lottery will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a total of $10,000 cash in prizes.

"This promotion gives Delaware Lottery players a second way to win big and enjoy HOT LOTTO®," said Wayne Lemons, Delaware Lottery Director. "If they haven't experienced the game before we're sure they'll find it both exciting and easy to play."

To enter the promotion, which concludes with a November drawing, players can mail non-winning HOT LOTTO® and HOT LOTTO® Sizzler® tickets to:

HOT LOTTO® Promotion
P.O. Box 319
Cheswold, DE 19936-0319

The prize tier for the limited-time promotion is as follows:

  • Grand Prize $5,000
  • First Prize $2,500
  • Second Prize $1,500
  • Third Prize (2 awarded) $500

So far at least five lucky players have landed prizes of $10,000 or more by playing the game. Recent HOT LOTTO® winners include:
A 42-year-old Camden resident who purchased her winning tickets in the Sure Stop where she works ,
A 49-year-old woman from New Castle who plans to use her $30,000 prize to pay for medical bills related to a lung transplant ,
And a Pennsylvania woman who plans to split her $30,000 prize with two coworkers who were partly responsible for her big pay day.

"Delaware, like many smaller states, has a demand for a Lotto game on par with the jackpots offered by larger state lotteries," said Lemons. "We've heard the call for a game with larger top-prizes than Multi-Win Lotto and better odds than Powerball® and HOT LOTTO® is filling this niche quite nicely for players."

While similar to Powerball® and Multi-Win Lotto, HOT LOTTO® players select five white ball numbers from 1 to 39 and one orange Hot Ball number from 1 to 19. A $1 Sizzler® option (like the Powerball® Power Play) gives gamers a chance to automatically triple lower-tier prizes.

Odds of winning the HOT LOTTO® jackpot are one in nearly 11 million, while the odds of winning the top Powerball® prize are one in 146 million. Drawings for the multi-state game are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Players can purchase a multi-draw ticket for up to 10 draws at a time. Jackpots begin at an estimated annuity of $1 million and increase by at least $50,000 per drawing until a winning number is drawn. Additional information about this HOT LOTTO® promotional campaign and other Lottery games is available at www.delottery.com.

The Delaware Lottery reminds players that prizes must be claimed within one year from the date of the drawing.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $2.8 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed retailers, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

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