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The North Dakota Lottery was created in November 2002 although it took nearly ten years to get it approved. From 1984 till 2002 the bill to allow a Lottery for the people of the state was put on the back burner nearly half a dozen times. Much of this had to do with voter’s disapproval to how the funds would be spent. As of today all revenue generated by the North Dakota Lottery has passed onto the State General Fund to aid in public education with the attorney general overseeing how these funds are distributed.

North Dakota Lottery offers four online games and various scratch tickets which are sold at all 400+ lottery retailers. The online games include the Powerball which was introduced in March of 2004 with Rep. Andy Maragos, the state representative who was responsible for challenging the North Dakota Constitution purchased the very first ticket.

In June of 2007, only five years after the start of the North Dakota Lottery, they were ready to celebrate the sale of the 25th million tickets sold. To earmark this occasion the player who purchased this ticket received an extra bonus. The North Dakota Lottery gave the winner $25,000 in recognition for this ticket along with a 25 millionth Congratulations Certificate.
For every $1 in ticket sales, the North Dakota Lottery designates $0.47 back to prizes for players and $0.29 to the State General Fund.

Wild Card 2

Wild Card 2 is an online game shared with North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho. Tickets can be purchased for $1 and will give you two lines per ticket. The Wild Card 2 is a progressive jackpot game which means that the jackpot will always start at $100,000 and continue to grow each draw a winner has not been declared..

To play the Wild Card 2 you will need to choose five numbers from 1 through 31 along with a Wild Card. The Wild Card is a bonus round which is represented by face cards from a deck of playing cards. On your ticket you will see a Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. To win the jackpot you will need to match all five numbers to the numbers drawn along with the Wild Card. Wild Card 2 does have secondary prizes with each ticket having four chances to win.

Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is another multi-state lottery game in North Dakota with tickets sold across Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The jackpot in this game always starts at $1,000,000 and because it is a progressive it will continue to increase each draw until there has been a winner declared. Each ticket costs $1 and be purchased at any lottery retailer

To play you will need to choose five numbers from 1 through 39, in addition you will also need to choose your Hot Ball number from 1 to 19. You can also ask the lottery clerk to add the Sizzler to your ticket for an additional dollar. The Sizzler is a bonus number giving you the chance to triple any wins you have on your original six numbers. To win you will need to match all five of your numbers with the numbers drawn and if your luck enough to match the Hot Ball you will win that night’s jackpot.


2BY2 is North Dakota’s online game where players can double their winnings on Tuesdays. It’s a very simple game to play and all you need to do is choose two red numbers from 1 through 26 and two white numbers from 1 to 26. To win the jackpot your ticket must match all two white numbers and both red numbers. Each ticket can be bought for just $1 with draws held daily, Sunday through Saturday. There are eight ways to win on each ticket with overall odds of 1:3.59 of winning a prize. Since the release of this game there have been 74 winners in North Dakota with prizes totalling $1.48 million going back to players. The 2BY2 online game has a guaranteed jackpot of $20,000.

Players can claim all prizes over $599 by visiting the lottery headquarters in person or by downloading and completing the prize claim form and mailing it to the lottery. The address for the North Dakota Lottery Headquarters is;

North Dakota Lottery, PO Box 204 Bismarck, ND 58502-0204

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