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FAQs

Answers to your Hot Spot questions.

Are prizes taxable?


All prizes are subject to federal income taxes and other offsets required by law. However, there are no California state/local taxes.

How long do I have to collect a Hot Spot prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize. Special promotions may have different claiming periods. Find out how to claim a prize »
What are the odds of winning a prize in Hot Spot?

The odds of winning depend on how many spots you play, how many numbers hit, and whether or not you play Bulls-eye. Find complete table of odds »
What happens to a Hot Spot prize if it is not claimed?


If a prize is not claimed within the required time limit, the unclaimed Hot Spot prize is distributed to California public education.

How are Lottery funds distributed?

Funds generated from the sale of Lottery products are used as supplemental funding for California public schools. To see how Lottery funds are making a difference in your area, see where the money goes.
Can I collect a Hot Spot prize even if I still have consecutive draws on my ticket?

Yes. Consecutive draw tickets may be claimed before the last draw printed on the ticket. An Exchange ticket will be issued with the original play selections and remaining draws printed on it.
What are Typical Prize Pools and Typical Prize Amounts?

Hot Spot payouts come in two forms: Typical Prize Pools (TPP’s) or Typical Prize Amounts (TPA’s).  Here are examples:

TPP’s:  The Top Prizes for the 8 through10 Spots are Typical Prize Pools, which are shared equally among all winners, if there are multiple winners, of that prize.

TPA’s: These payouts are Typical Prize Amounts that are awarded to each winner to the extent supported by available prize funds.