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California Lottery

California Lottery’s motto is “imagine the possibilities.” The lottery not only gives players the chance to win impressive prizes – ticket sales also benefit public schools, colleges and universities throughout the Golden State. The California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education since 1985, and 87% of its sales must be returned to the public as prizes or contributions to education. The CA Lottery is a revenue-generating State Agency that does not receive General Fund or taxpayer dollars.

Check the table below to find out the draw days and times for all the exciting CA Lottery games. All times are PT.

California Lottery Drawing Schedule
Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 7:59 PM 7:00 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
SuperLotto Plus Wednesday & Saturday 7:57 PM 7:45 PM
Fantasy 5 Daily 6:30 PM 6:30 PM
Daily 4 Daily 6:30 PM 6:30 PM
Daily 3 Daily 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Daily Derby Daily 6:30 PM 6:30 PM
Hot Spot Daily Every 4 minutes from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM N/A
*Times are shown in PST. For all games, except Powerball and Mega Millions, drawings are held immediately after ticket sales close.

Game Information

California offers exciting draw games, many of which give you the chance to win every day. If you want an even faster-paced game, play Hot Spot, which is drawn every four minutes! Californians can also play the Mega Millions and Powerball games, with their multi-million dollar jackpots.

  • SuperLotto Plus: This exciting game has draws every Wednesday and Saturday and nine ways to win. The jackpot starts off at $7 million and keeps rolling over until someone wins! All you have to do is pay $1 per line and pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and a MEGA number from 1 to 27.
  • Fantasy 5: Pick five lucky numbers from 1 to 39. Each play costs $1 and drawings take place daily. Play $5 or more on one ticket to receive a Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance code for an extra chance to win. The largest Fantasy 5 jackpot ever won was $729,505.
  • Daily 4: Offers daily drawings, three playstyles and even more ways to win. Just pick your favorite four numbers from 0 to 9, like your birthday or anniversary, for a chance to win from $1 per play.
  • Daily 3: Good things come in threes! Daily 3 has two daily drawings, three playstyles and multiple ways to win. Choose your three lucky numbers from 0 to 9 for a chance to win, from $1 per play. Daily 3 is drawn twice a day, Midday and Evening.
  • Daily Derby: With two chances or more to win on every ticket and daily drawings, the race for the Grand Prize is on! Choose your three favorite horses and the amount of time you think it will take your first place horse to finish ($2 per play).
  • Hot Spot: This fast-paced game is drawn every four minutes! Choose 1 to 10 Spots (sets of numbers) you want to play per draw. Pick your numbers from 1 to 80 – the numbers must equal the number of Spots you selected. For example, if you picked a “3 Spot” you must play three numbers.

Other Games

Scratchers, also known as “scratch-offs” or “instant-win games”, can be purchased from any authorized California Lottery retailer. These games cost anywhere between $1 and $20, and can offer prizes of up to $5 million. If you’re looking for a quick hit of lottery fun without waiting for an official drawing to take place, then a scratcher game is perfect for you!

Buying California Lottery Tickets

Claiming Prizes

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in California. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

If you want to claim a California Lottery prize, you’ll have 180 days from the date of the draw for which you bought a ticket. The only exceptions are the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, which give you one year from the date of the winning jackpot to claim your prize.

Prizes of any amount may be claimed by mail. Any lottery prize worth $599 or less can also be claimed at any California Lottery retailer. You can also visit any California Lottery District Office if you’d like to process the claim in person.

If you win a lottery prize worth more than $600 then the Lottery must inform the IRS about the win.

It may take between six and eight weeks for your claim to be processed by the California Lottery, so you’ll have a lot of time to think about how to spend your winnings!

Claim a prize by mail

To redeem a prize of any value by mail, sign your ticket and complete a claim form.

Keep a copy of the documents, and send the originals to:

California State Lottery
730 North 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

History of the Californian Lottery

The California Lottery was established in 1984 by means of a ballot measure known as Proposition 37. The revenue raised from the new lottery was – and still is – intended to benefit public schools, colleges and universities in the Golden State. Tickets went on sale in 1985, and since then the California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education.

In the past, 37 percent of all lottery revenues were allocated for education and operating expenses were capped at 16 percent. The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 142 in April 2010, which fundamentally changed how the Lottery operated. Now, 87 percent of California Lottery sales must be returned to the public either as prizes or as contributions to educational initiatives.

Rules

You need to be at least 18 years old in order to play California Lottery games. Prizes worth more than $599 are reported to the IRS for tax purposes, but the state of California itself won’t levy any taxes on your winnings.

All lottery prizes in California must be pari-mutuel, meaning that they are based on the number of tickets sold in each draw and how many winners there are in each prize tier. As a result, the Power Play option is not available when buying Powerball tickets in the Golden State.

A run down of the California Lottery games, their drawing times, claiming Californian lottery prizes and the CA lotto rules, along with links to game details and results

The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night — here’s the deadline to buy a ticket in every state

Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a staggering $1.6 billion, making it the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Mega Millions jackpots keep growing bigger and bigger when no one wins the grand prize. And nobody had the Mega Millions winning numbers last week, when the jackpots hit $868 million on Tuesday and $1 billion on Friday — both of which would have set records as the highest Mega Millions jackpots ever.

The Mega Millions grand prize has rolled over again, and the payout for Tuesday night’s drawing is now $1.6 billion, with a lump sum payout of $904 million.

For U.S. lottery games, we are in uncharted territory: The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the highest lottery grand prize ever in the U.S., nudging ahead of the record-high $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot drawn in early 2016.

When are the Mega Millions winning numbers drawn?

Mega Millions drawings are always on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11 p.m. ET. The next Mega Millions drawing — when the all-time high $1.6 billion jackpot is on the line — is Tuesday, October 23.

You can find out the winning Mega Millions numbers at lottery.net and megamillions.com. Live broadcasts of the Mega Millions results are also shown on many nightly TV news programs.

If you’re wondering how to play Mega Millions, the simplest way is to buy a ticket with machine-picked numbers from a participating retailer. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A winning Mega Millions ticket can pay out a prize ranging from $2 up to the jackpot. The odds of having all six numbers correct and winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

What is the deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets?

The deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets varies from state to state. That’s why we rounded up the Mega Millions cutoff times around the country below. Be aware that some retailers may have long lines of customers waiting to buy Mega Millions tickets. So it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you want a chance at the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday.

Each Mega Millions ticket will have the corresponding drawing date printed on it. If you are too late and buy a Mega Millions ticket after your state’s cutoff time for the drawing on Tuesday, your ticket will be valid for the next drawing — Friday, October 26.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy a ticket varies from state to state. ]]>