WSR 03-20-001



[ Filed September 17, 2003, 3:11 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-15-109.

Title of Rule: Prizes for Lotto.

Purpose: This rule identifies the prize amounts and odds for the Washington Lottery's Lotto game.

Other Identifying Information: On July 17, 2003, the Washington Lottery Commission adopted this amendment on an emergency basis, effective October 5, 2003.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.70.040(1).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 67.70.040.

Summary: In its current form WAC 315-34-040 correctly reflects the prize categories, prize amounts and odds of winning that were associated with the lottery's former Lotto game. That game was discontinued in 1982, when it was replaced by the Lotto Plus game. Effective October 5, 2003, the Lottery Commission plans to discontinue the current Lotto Plus game, and replace it with an updated version of the old Lotto game.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: When the lottery relaunches the Lotto game on October 5, 2003, the current version of that rule will not correctly reflect the game's prize amounts and odds of winning. This amendment will correct that fact.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Enforcement: Ceil Buddeke, Legal Counsel, 814 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504, 664-4833; and Implementation: Michael Cousins, Marketing, 814 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504, 664-4728.

Name of Proponent: Staff, Washington Lottery, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: To change the Lotto game rules to correctly reflect the prize amounts and odds of winning as of the October 5, 2003, relaunch of the Lotto game.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The amendment changes the statement of the odds of winning in all four Lotto game categories, changes the third-category prize and eliminates outdated language relating to certain 2001 rule amendments.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment results in no small business economic impact. See RCW 19.85.040.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The rule relates only to internal governmental operations that are not subject to violation by a nongovernment party. See RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(ii).

Hearing Location: Washington State Lottery Commission Public Meeting, Homewood Suites, Vancouver, Washington, on November 13, 203, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Ceil Buddeke by November 6, 2003, TDD (360) 586-0933 or (360) 664-4833.

Submit Written Comments to: Ceil Buddeke, Legal Counsel, Washington Lottery, phone (360) 664-4833, fax (360) 586-6586, by November 10, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 13, 2003.

September 17, 2003

Ceil Buddeke

Legal Counsel

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-17-022, filed 8/6/01)

WAC 315-34-040   Prizes for Lotto.   (1) The prize amounts to be paid to each Lotto player who selects a winning combination of numbers in the first, second, and third prize categories are as follows:







All six winning numbers in one play First Prize Jackpot (pari-mutue)l 1:13,983,816


Any five but not six winning numbers in one play Second Prize $1,000 1:54,201


Any four but not five or six winning numbers in one play Third Prize $35




Any three but not four, five or six winning numbers in one play Fourth Prize $3 1:57


(2) Prize amounts.

(a) First prize (jackpot). The first prize will be the amount announced by the director as the Lotto jackpot. The jackpot will be divided equally among all players who selected all six winning numbers in one play (in any sequence).

(b) Second prize. The second prize will be $1,000, which will be paid to each player who selected five of the six winning numbers in one play (in any sequence).

(c) Third prize. The third prize will be $35 $30, which will be paid to each player who selected four of the six winning numbers in one play (in any sequence).

(d) Fourth prize. A $3.00 prize is to be paid to each player who selected three of the six winning numbers in one play (in any sequence).

(e) The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per play in connection with the winning numbers drawn and shall be entitled only to the highest prize category won by those numbers.

(f) In the event any player who has selected three, four, five, or six of the six winning numbers does not claim the prize won within one hundred eighty days after the drawing in which the prize was won, that player's prize shall be retained in the state lottery account for further use as prizes, pursuant to RCW 67.70.190.

(3) The amendments to chapter 315-34 WAC, as adopted at the July 2001 lottery commission meeting, shall take effect on September 30, 2001, or on a date to be designated by the director and advertised to the public. The provisions of the existing chapter 315-36 WAC shall remain in effect until September 30, 2001, or until the date designated by the director for the commencement of this amended rule.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 67.70.040. 01-17-022, 315-34-040, filed 8/6/01, effective 9/6/01; 97-24-076, 315-34-040, filed 12/2/97, effective 1/2/98; 96-15-054, 315-34-040, filed 7/15/96, effective 8/15/96; 94-07-029, 315-34-040, filed 3/8/94, effective 4/8/94; 93-03-008, 315-34-040, filed 1/8/93, effective 2/8/93; 92-11-033, 315-34-040, filed 5/15/92, effective 6/15/92; 92-07-014, 315-34-040, filed 3/6/92, effective 4/6/92; 90-19-048, 315-34-040, filed 9/14/90, effective 10/15/90.]

Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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