Sept. 4, 2013 – Almost 150,000 people have raked in nearly $550,000 since the Hoosier Lottery’s new Poker Lotto game started just ten days ago, meaning there are plenty of people in Indiana who are happy they said “deal me in!”
Poker Lotto combines an instant play with draw games, giving players a chance to win up to $5,000 right at the checkout counter, and up to $250,000 in an evening drawing.
Playing is simple – the Hoosier Lottery says there’s “no poker skill needed”. When you ask a Hoosier Lottery retailer to “deal you in” for Poker Lotto, you’ll get a ticket with five “cards” printed on it.
Each of your cards will be a number or letter along with one of the four “suits”, or symbols, that you’d normally see in a regular deck of cards.
The Lottery’s website says that a pair of jacks (two “J’s” of any suit) or better is a winning hand in the instant game, so be sure to double check your tickets in the store. The pair will win you $2, and a Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace all the same suit – will score you $5,000.
If you win an instant prize, you can choose to cash it then and there, or hang onto the ticket until after the evening drawing. If you do decide to cash in your instant prize winner, you’ll get cash and an “exchange ticket,” which will have the same “cards printed on it.”
The evening drawing for Poker Lotto works much the same way as the instant game. The Hoosier Lottery will draw five “cards”, and matching just two of them will win you your money back.
The top prize for the evening drawing of Poker Lotto is $250,000 for matching five out of five “cards”, and the overall odds of winning on either the instant game or the drawing are one in about 3.8.
You can find a full list of prize payouts and a link to the full rules on the Hoosier Lottery’s Poker Lotto webpage. Don’t forget, there’s no poker skills needed to play Poker Lotto, all you have to do is say “deal me in,” and win.
*The Michigan Lottery launched their own Poker Lotto game since this article posted. For that story, click here.