The Louisiana Lotto Jackpot Has Increased to $500,000
On August 2nd 2020 the Louisiana Lotto starting jackpot increased to $500,000, double the previous top prize of $250,000. The number matrix and odds of winning were also updated as part of sweeping changes to the game.
Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson said: "We’re excited that we will be able to offer players more frequent Lotto jackpots worth $1 million or more. Our players told us what they want, and we are responding with a Louisiana game that is still only a dollar to play."
Here’s a rundown of the changes that came into play from August 2nd:
- Starting jackpot increased to $500,000, up from $250,000
- Players select six numbers from 42, instead of six from 40
- Jackpot odds changed to 1 in 5,245,786
- Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 34.4
- Average estimated Match 5 prize is $1,000, down from $2,000
Advance ticket sales for Louisiana Lotto were suspended on May 27th until August 2nd so that the new changes could be implemented.
The change to the number matrix is a major update and has an effect on the odds of winning all prizes. The table below shows the old prize amounts and odds alongside the new ones:
|Match||Old Prize||Old Odds||New Prize||New Odds|
|6||Minimum $250,000||1 in 3,838,380||Minimum $500,000||1 in 5,245,786|
|5||Average $2,000||1 in 18,916||Average $1,000||1 in 24,286|
|4||Average $50||1 in 456||Average $50||1 in 555|
|3||$3||1 in 32||$3||1 in 37|
|Overall odds: 1 in 30||Overall odds: 1 in 34.4|
Other aspects of the game, including the ticket price and draw days, remain the same. The jackpot will continue to roll over every time it is not won.