Arkansas Lottery: New Arkansas Lottery jackpot game kicks off today
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By Todd Northrop
Starting today, Arkansas Lottery players can play the state’s new Natural State Jackpot game, featuring a rolling jackpot that starts at a minimum of $25,000.
Lottery officials estimate the average jackpot will be more than $150,000.
The Arkansas-only jackpot game was created in response to player request, with dozens of calls to Lottery headquarters asking for a lotto-style game exclusive to Arkansas players.
Tickets for the new game went on sale this morning at 12:01 a.m., and the first drawing is tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.
On each $1 Natural State Jackpot ticket, players choose five numbers between 1 and 39. Or, players can choose a Quick Pick and have the lottery terminal randomly assign five numbers.
Drawings are held at Arkansas Lottery Headquarters every night except Sunday, at 8:00 p.m. During each drawing, which is supervised by auditors, a computer randomly assigns five winning numbers.
The winning numbers will be displayed on Lottery Post’s Arkansas Lottery Results page soon after each drawing.
If there are no top-prize jackpot winners in a drawing, the jackpot increases by $5,000 for the next drawing. If one or more tickets wins the jackpot, the next drawing the jackpot resets to $25,000. If more than one ticket matches all five numbers drawn, the jackpot is split by each winning ticket.
Prizes and odds
Natural State Jackpot has a full complement of prizes for matching fewer than five numbers. The complete set of prizes and odds can be found in the following table.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 9. Winning tickets must be redeemed within 180 days of the purchase date, which is printed on the ticket.
As with other Arkansas Lottery games, retailers that sell a jackpot-winning ticket will receive a selling bonus of 1% of the prize.
“For Arkansas players, the Natural State Jackpot really is a dollar for a dream,” said Bishop Woosley, Lottery Director. “We will have Arkansas winners regularly, they will win a large sum of money, and they will be buying those tickets right here at home in Arkansas.”