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Hot Lotto is administered by the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is best known for the Powerball game. As of May 12, 2013, when Tennessee joined the game, Hot Lotto is available in 16 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia; by definition, all 16 offer Powerball. Because of the 2009 Mega Millions/Powerball cross-selling agreement, the 16 lotteries also offer Mega Millions, with each Hot Lotto member adding Mega Millions on or after the January 31, 2010 cross-sell expansion. Prior to Tennessee, the Maine Lottery was the most recent to join Hot Lotto, in October 2009.
Hot Lotto began sales on April 7, 2002 (the game was introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Powerball the same month); the first Hot Lotto drawing was three days later. Hot Lotto gives smaller lotteries the opportunity to create the "middle-sized" jackpots that are commonplace in single-jurisdiction games which serve a sizable population base, such as Florida Lotto and Lotto Texas.