WNBA Draft Lottery Presented By State Farm To Be Conducted On August 28

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2018 – WNBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm® will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Secaucus, N.J., the WNBA announced today.  ESPN2 will televise the Lottery during halftime of Game 2 of a Semifinals playoff series between the Atlanta Dream and a yet-to-be-determined opponent, with tip-off set for 8 p.m. ET on the network. Studio coverage will hosted by Kevin Connors.

The Indiana Fever, Las Vegas Aces, Chicago Sky and New York Liberty have qualified for the 18th annual Lottery drawing.  The winner will secure the top pick in WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, which will be held next April.

Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2017 and 2018).  With a cumulative record of 15-53, the Fever will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and is guaranteed at least the third pick.

Las Vegas posted a combined record of 22-46 and will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick.  Chicago, which registered a two-year record of 25-43, has the third-most chances (178).  New York has 104 chances by virtue of its 29-39 record over the past two regular seasons.

In the drawing, 14 balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed.  Four balls will be drawn to determine a four-digit combination.  The team assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick.  The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second pick.  The two teams whose numerical combinations do not come up in the Lottery will select in the inverse order of their two-year cumulative record.

The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2018.

A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will be in attendance to oversee the

Lottery process.

This marks the seventh straight year that ESPN networks will televise the WNBA Draft Lottery.

Below are the number of chances for teams to land the top pick in WNBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm.



            Team                                                  Combined                                    Chances

                                                                        2017-2018 Record                       (out of 1,000)

  1. Indiana                                                15-53                                             442
  2. Las Vegas                                           22-46                                             276
  3. Chicago                                               25-43                                             178
  4. New York                                           29-39                                             104