Hot Lotto Game Changing

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Starting next week, South Dakotans who play Hot Lotto and win the game’s jackpot will receive their prize in a single cash payment with the initial holding taxes already paid.  Grand prize winners currently have the option of choosing a lump sum payment or 25 annual payments. Jackpots for the lotto game begin at $1 million and will increase a minimum of $50,000 under the new rules.  Other changes include the number of white balls to be chosen for the draw increasing from 39 to 47; the game’s second prize increasing from $10,000 to $30,000; and the third prize increasing from $500 to $3,000.  The changes go into effect May 15.

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