January 30, 1998 in Idaho

New Lotto Game Debuts On Sunday

Associated Press

The Idaho Lottery will launch a new multi-state lotto drawing on Sunday to replace Tri-West Lotto.

Idaho Lottery Director Dennis Jackson said Idaho Wild Card will offer better prizes and more chances to win. Nebraska will join the current Tri-West group of Idaho, Montana and South Dakota, increasing the population base of Idaho Wild Card to 4.3 million people.

“Increasing the player base will generate bigger jackpots, which will bring more enthusiasm to the lotto game,” Jackson said.

He said the new game is expected to generate jackpots more often in the $1 million range, will include a $25,000 secondary prize and add four additional prize levels with bigger prizes than Tri-West.

The game will be similar to Tri-West, but with a twist. Players will select six numbers from a field of 38 and the sales terminal will automatically choose a Wild Card for each play from a field of 52. Matching the Wild Card will increase the prize for a three, four or five numbers match and will offer a $1 prize for matching just the Wild Card drawn.

Tickets go on sale Sunday and regular Wednesday and Saturday drawings will begin Feb. 4.

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