UPDATE — When there were no winning entries for the first $300,000 drawing of the Natural State Jackpot lottery, the top prize for tonight climbs to $305,000.
The Natural State Jackpot game is only available in Arkansas and there has been 47 consecutive nightly drawings without a top prize jackpot winner. Drawings for the NSJ are held every night except Sunday at 8 p.m.
There were 5,869 lucky players who won prizes from $1 to $300, in Thursday night’s NSJ drawing.
The Natural State Jackpot has been won 20 times since the game began in August of last year. The largest Natural State Jackpot won to date was $295,000 on Jan. 14.
NSJ is similar to Powerball, Mega Millions, and Decades of Dollars. Players choose five numbers between one and 39 and can play the same numbers for up to 20 consecutive draws. Each play costs $1.
Players matching two numbers will win $1; three numbers win $7; four matching numbers win $300, and all five numbers will win the jackpot, which starts at $25,000. Each night in which there is no big winner, an additional $5,000 is added to the jackpot.
If there is more than one jackpot winner, the prize will be equally divided among all the jackpot prize winners. The overall odds of winning are one in nine.