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SCRATCHERS FAQs

What are the odds of winning a Scratchers game prize?

Each Scratchers game has its own prize odds, which can be found on the game’s page and on the back of the Scratchers ticket. To find more about each game, click here.
Where does the money from Scratchers games go?

More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »
How can I claim a Scratchers games prize?

Prizes $599 and under can be claimed at a Lottery retail location. Prizes $600 and over require a claim form and must be claimed by contacting a Lottery district office in person or by mail. Find out how to claim your prize »
Why did the number of available prizes increase?

Due to the popularity of some Scratchers games, Lottery Retailers may risk running out of these tickets.  When this happens, more tickets are printed and shipped to Retailers. These newly printed tickets contain the same proportion of winning tickets as the existing tickets. More total tickets, means more total prizes. The odds of winning with the newly printed tickets are the same as for those tickets already in the stores.

What are Ending/Ended Games?
To keep the playing experience fresh, older Scratchers games end and are replaced with new games. Ending Scratchers games are those on their way to becoming retired. Non-winning ending Scratchers games must be submitted into Scratchers 2nd Chance before the submission deadline. See End of Game info »
What is Scratchers 2nd Chance?
Scratchers 2nd Chance provides players with additional chances to win cash prizes by submitting non-winning Scratchers tickets into pool-style draws. Every non-winning Scratchers ticket submitted into 2nd Chance is entered into all eligible draws: a Pool Draw, an End of Game Draw and if applicable, a Promotional Draw. How 2nd Chance works »
Are prizes taxable?

All prizes over $599 are subject to Federal income taxes and other offsets required by law. However, there are no California state/local taxes.

What happened to Replay?
The Replay program has been renamed Scratchers 2nd Chance. Players can still submit non-winning Scratchers tickets into 2nd Chance draws for more chances to win. How 2nd Chance works »