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MEGA Millions Draw Closes In:

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Draws take place every Tuesday and Friday after
draw entry closes at 7:45 p.m.

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SuperLotto Plus Draw Closes In:

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Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday after
draw entry closes at 7:45 p.m.

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GENERAL FAQS

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Can I be anonymous when I win?

California state law requires that the California State Lottery release the winner’s name and the name and location of the retailer where the winning ticket was bought.

Can I get the winning numbers by phone?

Yes you can. The telephone number is 1-800-(Lottery) 568-8379.

Can I purchase tickets online or by mail?

California Lottery products are only sold at retailers located in California. We do not sell our games online or via the postal mail.

Can I redeem an out of state ticket in California or a California Lottery ticket out of state?

A ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.

I’m from out of state/out of country, can I still purchase and play California Lottery games?

It is not necessary to be a California resident, nor a US citizen to play and win any of the California Lottery's games.

What are the odds of winning?
To find the odds for a draw game, visit the "How to Play" area on that game's page on our website, www.calottery.com. For Scratchers games, visit that Scratchers game's page.
What can I do if I lost my ticket or if my ticket has been damaged?

Please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-568-8379. They can assist you with this matter.

What happens if a winner of a prize paid in installments dies before his or her last installment has been paid?

The California Lottery prize is the winner's property and is considered part of the winner's estate. The winner may leave the prize to designated heirs through a will or trust. We encourage all winners of large Lottery prizes to consult with financial experts to review their options.

 

 

What were the winning numbers for tonight's draw?

You can find the most current winning numbers on the winning numbers page. To search or download past or detailed draw information go to that specific game’s page.

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Where can I purchase tickets?

There are more than 22,000 Lottery retailers. Our Lucky Retailer section allows you to search for a retailer by game type and narrow results to Lucky Retailers only.

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Why weren't the winning numbers updated?

The winning numbers are updated every night. If you’re getting winning numbers that aren't updated, please follow these instructions for your particular web browser:

For Internet Explorer

Open up the webpage you would like to manually refresh, hold the SHIFT key and then click on the “Refresh” button. The “Refresh” button is located on your toolbar, usually to the right of the “Stop” button. If this does not work, you can clear out your entire cache manually. To do this, click on “Tools” which is located on the very top of your screen on the menubar. Then, click on “Internet Options.” You will be presented with a dialogue with lots of options, make sure you're on the “General” tab. Then, click on “Delete Files.” This will give you the option to delete your temporary Internet files. Click on “OK” and after your Internet temporary files are cleared, reload the webpage. This should take care of the problem.

For Mozilla Firefox

Open up the webpage you would like to manually refresh, hold the SHIFT key and then click on the “Refresh” button. The “Refresh” button is located on your toolbar, usually to the right of the “Stop” button. If this does not solve your issue, you can clear out your entire cache manually. To do this, click on “Tools” which is located on the very top of your screen on the menubar. Then, click on “Options.” You will be presented with a dialogue box with lots of options, make sure you're on the “Privacy” button - it looks like a lock. Next, click on the “Cache” tab then click on the “Clear Cache Now” button. Once that is done, close the options dialogue and reload the webpage. This should take care of the problem.

Will the Lottery share my personal information with any third party companies?
No. Your privacy is extremely important to us and we never share your personal information. For more information, read our Privacy Policy.

Powerball FAQs

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Is there a Combo Play Key for POWERBALL like Mega Millions?
  • Yes… the PB/SLP Combo Key will offer 1-$2 Powerball play with 1-$1 SLP play for $3 to facilitate a one button process when buying both games since both have draws on the same night.  (Note: the MM/SLP Combo Key provides 5 $1MM + 5 $1SLP plays for $10)
Does POWERBALL® have the Quick Pick feature?

Yes. 10 Quick Pick plays are available per playslip. Additional Quick Picks are also available via keys on Lottery gaming devices.

NOTE: a maximum of 10 Plays print per ticket.

Does POWERBALL® have an Advance Play option?

Yes. POWERBALL® has Advance Play available for up to 10 draws (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 10 draws). Advance Play is available on the POWERBALL playslip and via keys on Lottery gaming devices.

Is Group Play and Multiple Ownership Claims available for POWERBALL®?

Yes. The maximum number of claimants on a multiple ownership claim is 100, the same as for SuperLotto Plus and MEGA Millions.

Why did California join the Multi-State POWERBALL game?

The California Lottery introduced POWERBALL after much study because it helps to maximize the money the Lottery provides to California schools. In addition, there had been many requests from players and retailers that they’d like to see the game in the Lottery’s portfolio.

Which states sell the POWERBALL® game?

All U.S. states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. are selling $2 POWERBALL®, except: NV, UT, WY, MS, AL, HI, and AK.

Where does the money go from the sale of POWERBALL® tickets?

The sales from POWERBALL® in California help supplement public education funding in the State of California just like the sales from all other California Lottery games.

Where are POWERBALL® draws held?

POWERBALL® draws are held primarily in Florida, while “special event draws” can occur “on the road.”

POWERBALL® draws can be viewed from this page (http://www.calottery.com/play/draw-games/powerball).

When are the POWERBALL® draws held?

POWERBALL® draws are at 7:59 pm PT every Wednesday and Saturday. Draws close at 7:00 pm PT on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a five minute draw break from 7:00 pm PT to 7:05 pm PT pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays in order to clearly separate sales between each draw period. No sales or ticket validations can take place during this time.

Tickets sold after 7:05 pm PT are not eligible for that night’s draw, but are eligible for the following draw.

What is the jackpot for POWERBALL®?

POWERBALL® jackpots start at $40 million. If there are no jackpot winners, the jackpot will increase at a minimum of $10 million.

If there is more than one Grand Prize winner, the jackpot is divided equally among the winners.

What is POWERBALL®?

POWERBALL® is a multi-state, mega-jackpot lottery game. The California Lottery began selling tickets for Powerball on April 8, 2013. Each play costs $2. The first Powerball draw which included California sales was April 10, 2013. Draws close every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:00 pm Pacific Time (PT) and winning numbers will be drawn at 7:59 pm PT.

What are the other prizes in POWERBALL®?

There are nine ways to win a prize in POWERBALL®. Just like SuperLotto Plus® and MEGA Millions®, all the prizes won in California are pari-mutuel.

POWERBALL Prize % and Odds

Odds 1 In
All 5 of 5 and POWERBALL® 175,223,510
All 5 of 5 5,153,633
Any 4 of 5 and POWERBALL® 648,976
Any 4 of 5 19,088
Any 3 of 5 and POWERBALL® 12,245
Any 3 of 5 360
Any 2 of 5 and POWERBALL® 706
Any 1 of 5 and POWERBALL® 111
NONE of 5, only POWERBALL® 55

Overall Odds: 1 In 31.85

The odds presented here are based on a $2 play. “Odds 1 in” are rounded up from two decimal places. Prize amounts are pari-mutuel and vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. On any play, only the highest prize won is awarded. The jackpot (Match 5 plus the POWERBALL® number) prize amount will roll to the next draw if not hit, and continue rolling until hit. If there are no winners in any of the other prize categories, all monies in those prize categories roll to the SAME prize category for the next draw.

PowerPlay: Some states offer PowerPlay and California does not – Why?

In California, POWERBALL prize amounts are pari-mutuel, will vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the POWERBALL website.

Is POWERBALL® taking the place of SuperLotto Plus® (SLP) or MEGA Millions® (MM)?

No. SuperLotto Plus® and MEGA Millions® are still available. SuperLotto Plus continues to have draws every Wednesday and Saturday. Mega Millions continues to have draws every Tuesday and Friday.

How will POWERBALL® players collect prizes?
POWERBALL® winning tickets may be validated the day after the drawing. POWERBALL® prizes less than $600 may be collected at a Lottery retail location. POWERBALL® prizes of more than $600 may be claimed at any California Lottery District Office. A Winner Claim Form (available at Lottery Retail locations, any Lottery District Office or downloaded from here) must be filled out and delivered to the District Office or mailed to Lottery Headquarters. All Claim Forms are processed at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento and a check will be sent in the mail to all valid POWERBALL® winners (within approximately six to eight weeks). A list of District Offices is available here.
How will players find out if they have won?
The winning POWERBALL® numbers can be found at all California Lottery Retail locations, at here, or by calling 1-800-LOTTERY. Many California newspapers and TV stations showcase the winning POWERBALL® numbers, as well as all other Lottery numbers as a convenience to their customers. See videos here.
How long do players have to claim prizes?

Players have 180 days from the date of the POWERBALL® draw to claim prizes, other than the jackpot. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL® draw.

How is the POWERBALL® jackpot prize paid out?

The POWERBALL® prize is paid in 30 graduated annual installments unless the winner chooses the POWERBALL® Cash Option.

The Cash Option for a POWERBALL® jackpot must be selected by the jackpot winner within 60 days after the Lottery authorizes payment.

How is POWERBALL® played and what are the odds of winning a prize?

Players choose five unique numbers from 1 to 59 (white balls), and one POWERBALL® number from a second field of numbers from 1 to 35 (red balls). There are nine ways to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red POWERBALL®. Each POWERBALL® play costs $2. POWERBALL® tickets cannot be cancelled.

The overall odds of winning any prize in POWERBALL is about 1 in 32 and the odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 176 million.

Can a winning POWERBALL® prize purchased in California be claimed in another state?

No. A POWERBALL® winning ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.


Promotion FAQs

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Scratchers Games FAQs

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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 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 »
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 »
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 »
What is the difference between the Pool Draw and End of Game Top Prize Draw?

When you submit your non-winning Scratchers ticket into Scratchers 2nd Chance it’s automatically entered into two drawings: the Pool Draw and End of Game Draw. The first drawing is the Pool Draw, which occurs every 3 months. Ten Pool Draw winners will receive $1,000. For each specific Scratchers game there will be an End of Game Top Prize Drawing, which will award one of that game’s top prizes.

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.


Scratchers 2nd Chance FAQs

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How will I know how many ticket codes I’ve already submitted?

The new 2nd Chance system provides you a 'real-time' counter of your code submissions. You will know at all times how many codes you have submitted during the month.

Will entries be accepted after the deadline for a Scratchers End of Game draw?

Once a specific End of Game draw entry deadline has passed, Scratchers tickets for that game can no longer be entered into any 2nd Chance draw.

Why did the Lottery set limits on 2nd Chance submissions?

We see this as leveling the playing field. Every day we do what we can to ensure the integrity of all our games, including 2nd Chance. But, some players have an unfair advantage when they enter thousands of codes on a variety of games. That means they have the upper hand and that’s unfair to everybody else. The high number of tickets entered into our 2nd Chance Program could also be an indication of problem gambling. As good corporate citizens, we have an innate responsibility to reach out to our valued players who may have a gambling problem and capping the number of entries is a step in the right direction. We should also remind anybody who thinks they have a gambling problem, or who knows somebody with a gambling problem to call the Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER.

Can I enter 1,000 Scratchers 2nd Chance codes, 1,000 Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance codes, and 1,000 SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance codes?

No. The limit applies to a combined total of all submissions – whether it’s all Scratchers 2nd Chance, all Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance, all SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance or a combination of the three. Every code you submit counts toward your monthly limit of 1,000.

When I try to submit entries, I get transferred back to the login page. What should I do?

Some firewalls or security settings on your personal computer (PC) or network may prevent you from logging in successfully. For example, your PC setting must be enabled to receive cookies. Another potential problem is having too many applications open, as they may interfere with the log in process.

When did the code submission limitation policy go into effect?

The policy started October 1, 2012.

What if I’m a Jackpot Captain or play as part of a group?

The same limits apply for groups. The group will still only be able to input 1,000 ticket codes per month.

What if I entered more than 1,000 codes in September 2012 for the next End of Game and Pool Draws?

You will not be disqualified for entering more than 1,000 codes in any month prior to October 2012 because the new policy would not have been in effect.

What do I do if I forgot my password?

Resetting your password is easy. Just click the “Sign in” like normal, and hit “Forgot Password”. Next, enter the email address you used to create your account and we’ll email you a link to reset your password.

If you don’t remember the email address used, please call Customer Service toll-free at 1(800)-LOTTERY.

What are my chances of winning a 2nd Chance draw?

Your odds of winning vary based on total number of entries received for a drawing and total number of entries that you have submitted.

May I throw away the tickets after I’ve entered them into Scratchers 2nd Chance?

Here's our advice: You, the player, are ultimately responsible for the codes you’ve submitted into 2nd Chance. If there is ever a question regarding one of your codes, we think it’s better to have the physical codes in your possession. We recommend you keep your tickets/codes until the 2nd Chance draw for that particular game has concluded. However, throwing away your tickets does not disqualify you from any drawing, and it's not required that you have the original ticket to claim any 2nd Chance prize, but we’d rather you be safe than sorry! Also, did you know that all Scratchers tickets are recyclable?

If I enter a code that’s eligible for three different draws, does that count as three of my 1,000 monthly entries?

No. The Lottery will only count total ticket codes submitted for the month. So, if you enter a code that's eligible for an End of Game AND a Pool Draw, that only counts as one of your 1,000 monthly submissions.

How will the code submission limitation policy be enforced?

For codes submitted prior to October 14, 2013, the Lottery will access accounts when draws are set to happen and make sure that the winners in each draw have not exceeded 1,000 total submissions in any calendar month. If the selected winner has entered more than 1,000 codes in any month after October 1, 2012 and before October 14, 2013, that person and their entries will be disqualified and an alternate will be selected. After October 14, 2013, the 2nd Chance system will not allow any player to submit more than 1,000 codes per month.

How will I know how many ticket codes I’ve already submitted?

Your Lottery account shows you, real time, how many codes you’ve entered for the month, so you’ll be able to know when you’re getting close to the limit. The system will stop you from submitting more than 1,000 codes during the month.

How do I update my email address or other personal information?

Revising or updating the information on your account is easy. Just sign in, go to the "My Profile" page. After you make changes to any part of your profile, including updating your email address, mailing address, password, etc. – just click "Save". If you update your email address, we will send you a verification email. Don't see the verification email in your inbox? Check your junk/spam folder and add us to your Safe Senders List.

How do I find out if I’m a winner?

Approximately 2 weeks after each drawing, winners' names and hometowns are posted on the "Results & Winners" page following the winners' validation. Winners will receive an email directing them to sign into their Lottery account. Once signed in, winners receive a notification that includes a link to the claim form needed to claim the prize. Also, winning information will be on your "My Account" page.

How can I see my ticket entries?

All of your ticket entries are stored in your account and on the "My Submissions" page.

How can I be sure that my previously entered tickets have been submitted?

A record of all previously submitted ticket entries appears on the "My Submissions" page. If the entry record is there, you can be assured that it is in the system.

How are Scratchers 2nd Chance winners selected?

Winners are randomly selected from all entries received for each drawing. Drawings are conducted according to established Lottery protocols under the observation of an independent Certified Public Accounting firm.

Can I mail in my non-winning tickets to enter into the drawings?

No. Mail-in entries are not accepted for the Scratchers 2nd Chance program.

Can I enter a drawing more than one time?

Yes. You can enter a drawing as many times as you wish. However, be aware of the code submission limitation policy and the code from a specific Scratchers ticket can only be entered once.


MEGA Millions FAQs

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What is MEGA Millions?

MEGA Millions is a draw game available through 45 lotteries nationwide and known for its big jackpots. 

Visit www.megamillions.com to learn more about MEGA Millions and participating lotteries.

Are prizes taxable?


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

Are the prize payouts the same in California as they are in other MEGA Millions states?


The jackpot prize for MEGA Millions is the same for all the states. However, in California all other prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners.

Can a group of people share a MEGA Millions prize?


Yes, MEGA Millions prizes can be shared as long as the group consists of 100 winners or less.

Start a Lottery pool »

Can I enter a Drawing more than once?

Yes, each PLAY on each MEGA Million ticket is an entry into the MEGA Million drawing. All sales are final. MEGA Millions is a draw game available in 42 lotteries nationwide and known for its big jackpots. Visit www.megamillions.com to learn more about MEGA Millions and participating lotteries.

How long do I have to collect a MEGA Millions prize?


You have up to one year from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot prize. For all other MEGA Millions prizes, you have 180 days to claim your prize.

If I win the jackpot, what are my payout options? 

Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual payments. However, after you win the jackpot and your prize is validated by the Lottery, you will have 60 days to choose the cash value of the prize instead of 30 annual payments. For more information on jackpot payout, view the Winners Handbook.
What are the odds of winning a prize in MEGA Millions?


The overall odds of winning any prize in MEGA Millions is about 1 in 15 and the odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 259 million.

What happens to a MEGA Millions jackpot prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, each of the participating states in the MEGA Millions game will get back all the money they contributed to that jackpot. Each state in the game uses unclaimed prizes for different purposes. In California unclaimed MEGA Millions jackpot prize funds are distributed to public education.

What happens to MEGA Millions payments if the winner dies before collecting? 

If a winner dies before receiving all annual payments, MEGA Millions will continue to pay the annual payments, as scheduled, to the winner's designated beneficiary or to the winner's estate.
Where does the money from MEGA Millions go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

SuperLotto Plus FAQs

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How do I play SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance?

For every $1 spent on the SuperLotto Plus ticket, you will receive one entry into the weekly SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance draw. Submit your code into a weekly SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance draw for a chance to win one of five $15,000 prizes.

Learn more about SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance »

Are prizes taxable?


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

Can a group of people share a SuperLotto Plus prize?

Yes, SuperLotto Plus prizes can be shared as long as the group consists of 100 winners or less. Start a Lottery pool »
How long do I have to collect a SuperLotto Plus prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize.
If I win the jackpot, what are my payout options? 

Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual payments. However, after you win the jackpot and your prize is validated by the Lottery, you will have 60 days to choose the cash value of the prize instead of 30 annual payments. For more information on jackpot payout, view the Winners Handbook.
What are the odds of winning a prize in SuperLotto Plus?


The overall odds of winning any prize in SuperLotto Plus is about 1 in 23 and the odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 42 million.

What happens to a SuperLotto Plus jackpot prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit the unclaimed SuperLotto Plus jackpot prize funds are distributed to California public education.

What happens to SuperLotto Plus payments if the winner dies before collecting? 

If a winner dies before receiving all annual payments, SuperLotto Plus will continue to pay the annual payments, as scheduled, to the winner's designated beneficiary or to the winner's estate.
Where and how will I be able to play SuperLotto Plus?

SuperLotto Plus is available at all current Lottery retailers and costs $1 per play. You pick 5 numbers from a field of 1 to 47 and a MEGA number from 1 to 27.  There are two draws per week right after draw entry closes at 7:45pm PT on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The winning numbers are available at all Lottery retailers, here, and through media outlets.
Where does the money from SuperLotto Plus go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance FAQs

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Will I receive an entry code if I purchased SuperLotto Plus draws with the Advance Play® feature?

Yes. Codes from Advance Play® are valid. However, the draws must occur within the promotion dates.

Will alternate winning codes be chosen?

Five alternate codes are chosen and used only if a selected entry code is not valid.

Why did the Lottery set limits on 2nd Chance submissions?

We saw this as leveling the playing field. Every day we do what we can to ensure the integrity of all our games, including 2nd Chance. But, some players have an unfair advantage when they enter thousands of codes on a variety of games. That means they have the upper hand and that’s unfair to everybody else. The high number of tickets entered into our 2nd Chance Program could also be an indication of problem gambling. As good corporate citizens, we have an innate responsibility to reach out to our valued players who may have a gambling problem and capping the number of entries is a step in the right direction. We should also remind anybody who thinks they have a gambling problem, or who knows somebody with a gambling problem to call the Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER.

When you say 1,000 submission limit, is that per game? Can I submit 1,000 codes for SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance, 1,000 codes for Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance and 1,000 Scratchers 2nd Chance codes?

No. The limit applies to a combined total of all submissions – whether it's all SuperLotto Plus, all Fantasy 5, all Scratchers tickets or a combination of the three. Every code you submit counts toward your monthly limit of 1,000.

When did the code submission limitation policy go into effect?

The policy started October 1, 2012.

When are the weekly Draws?

Draws are conducted within three business days of the entry deadline. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. PT every Saturday.

What is SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance?

This draw provides SuperLotto Plus players with a 2nd Chance to win thousands of dollars each week. Players receive one code at the bottom of their SuperLotto Plus ticket. For every $1 spent on the SuperLotto Plus ticket, you will receive one entry into the weekly SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance draw. For example, if your play $5 on a single ticket, your 2nd Chance code will be good for 5 (five) draw entries. SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance drawings occur weekly and offer 5 (five) $15,000 prizes.

What if I’m a Jackpot Captain or play as part of a group?

The same limit applies for groups. The group will still only be able to input 1,000 ticket codes per month.

What if I submitted more than 1,000 codes in September, 2012?

You will not be disqualified for submitting more than 1,000 codes in any month prior to October, 2012 because the new policy would not have been in effect.

What if I have trouble inputting my codes?

If you receive a message stating a code is invalid, please double check the code and re-submit. If you believe a valid code is not being accepted, please contact us. You can find a contact link at the very bottom of the website under "Help Me." Click on the "Contact the Lottery" link and send us a message explaining the situation.

What happens if I submit my code after the deadline for the drawing?

Any codes submitted after the entry deadline, 11:59 p.m. every Saturday, will automatically be entered into the draw for the following week. Entries are only good for one weekly draw.

What are my chances of winning a prize?

The odds of winning vary based on the total number of entries that are received for a drawing, the total number of prizes awarded for each draw and the total number of entries an individual has submitted.

May I throw away my entry codes after I have entered them into a drawing?

Here's our advice: You, the player, are ultimately responsible for the codes you’ve submitted into 2nd Chance. If there is ever a question regarding one of your codes, we think it’s better to have the physical codes in your possession. We recommend you keep your tickets/codes until the 2nd Chance draw for that particular game has concluded. However, throwing away your tickets does not disqualify you from any drawing, and it's not required that you have the original ticket to claim any 2nd Chance prize, but we’d rather you be safe than sorry!

Is there a limit to the number of entry codes I can get?

No. You will receive one code at the bottom of your SuperLotto Plus ticket. Each code is good for one 2nd Chance draw entry per each $1 spent on the ticket. Please be aware of the code submission limitation policy. See other SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance FAQs for more information on this policy.

If I submit a code that’s eligible for entry into three different draws, does that count as three of my 1,000 monthly submissions?

No. The Lottery will only count total ticket codes submitted for the month. For example, if you submit a code that’s eligible for the weekly SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance draw AND a promotional draw, that only counts as one of your 1,000 monthly submissions.

If I am selected as a winner, what do I need to do in order to claim my prize?

Winners will be notified by email to sign into the California Lottery website for "important information". Once signed in, a link to the claim form needed to claim the prize will be available. You will be asked to download, complete and mail the claim form to the following address:

California Lottery
Attn: 2nd Chance Promotion
P.O. Box 1317
Sacramento, CA 95812-1317

How will the code submission limitation policy be enforced?

The 2nd Chance system will not allow any player to submit more than 1,000 codes per month.

How will I know if I’m a winner?

Winners will be notified by email to sign into the California Lottery website for "important information". Once signed in, a link to the claim form needed to claim the prize will be available. Also, winning information will be listed in the player's account on the "My Account" page.

How will I know how much I’ve won?

Following code validation, winners' names and hometowns are posted on the 2nd Chance "Results & Winners" page. Winning entries and prize amounts will be posted on the winners list by Friday at 5 p.m. PT each week for the previous draw.

How long will it take for me to receive my prize once I have been selected?

Please allow 8 weeks for receipt of your prize. Contact our Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-LOTTERY, Monday through Friday 8 am- 5 pm PT if you have any questions.

How can I check to see what codes I have entered?

Each time you submit a code, a record of your successful submission appears on the My Submissions page.

All of your entries appear on that page for your information and reference, so you can check the list against the codes you have. If the submission record is there, you can be assured that it is in the system.

Can I win more than once per draw?

No. For draws that have multiple prizes and prize levels, once selected as a winner for a specific prize, you cannot win another prize in that draw.

Can I mail in my codes to enter into the drawings?

No. Mail-in entries are not accepted for this promotion.

Can I enter a draw more than once?

YES. You may enter a draw as many times as you wish, however, be aware of the code submission limitation policy and each submission requires a new code.

Are taxes taken out of the prize money?

All prize payments are subject to Federal tax withholding and other offsets as required by law. However, there are no California state/local taxes.


Fantasy 5 FAQs

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What happened to Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks?

Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks has been renamed Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance. Players can still submit codes into 2nd Chance draws for more chances to win.

How do I play Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance?
For every purchase of $5 or more on a single Fantasy 5 ticket, you will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance voucher with your ticket code(s) that you can submit online for a second chance to win in an additional draw. Learn more about how to play Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance »
How is the Fantasy 5 draw conducted?

The draws are conducted using an Automated Draw Machine, which is a state-of-the-art computer used to draw winning numbers in a fair and equitable way.

How long do I have to collect a Fantasy 5 prize?


You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize. Free Fantasy 5 tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date.

What are the odds of winning a prize in Fantasy 5?


The overall odds of winning any prize in Fantasy 5 are about 1 in 9, and the odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 576 thousand.

What happens to a Fantasy 5 jackpot prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, the unclaimed Fantasy 5 jackpot prize funds are distributed to California public education.

What is an Automated Draw Machine?

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

Where and how will I be able to play Fantasy 5?

Fantasy 5 is available at all current Lottery retailers and costs $1 per play. You pick 5 numbers from a field of 1 to 39. Draws occur every day right after draw entry closes at 6:30pm PT. The winning numbers are available at all Lottery retailers, here, and through media outlets.
Where does the money from Fantasy 5 go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance FAQs

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Will I receive an entry code if I purchased Fantasy 5 draws with the Advance Play® feature?

Yes. Entry codes from Advance Play® are valid. However, the draws must occur within the promotion dates.

Will alternate winning codes be chosen?

Five alternate codes are chosen and used only if a selected entry code is not valid.

Why did the Lottery set limits on 2nd Chance submissions?

We saw this as leveling the playing field. Every day we do what we can to ensure the integrity of all our games, including 2nd Chance. But, some players have an unfair advantage when they enter thousands of codes on a variety of games. That means they have the upper hand and that's unfair to everybody else. The high number of tickets entered into our 2nd Chance Program could also be an indication of problem gambling. As good corporate citizens, we have an innate responsibility to reach out to our valued players who may have a gambling problem and capping the number of entries is a step in the right direction. We should also remind anybody who thinks they have a gambling problem, or who knows somebody with a gambling problem to call the Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER.

When you say 1,000 limit, is that per game? Can I enter 1,000 codes for Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance and 1,000 Scratchers 2nd Chance codes?

No. The limit applies to a combined total of all submissions – whether it’s all Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance, all Scratchers 2nd Chance or a combination of both. Every code you submit counts toward your monthly limit of 1,000.

When did the code submission limitation policy go into effect?

The policy started October 1, 2012.

When are the weekly Draws?

Draws are conducted within three business days of the entry deadline. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. PT every Saturday.

What is the Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance Draw?

This draw provides the Fantasy 5 player with a second chance at winning thousands of dollars each week. Players receive one entry code on a separate voucher for EVERY five Fantasy 5 plays on a single ticket. Each code is good for one entry into a weekly drawing for twelve $1,000 prizes and three $10,000 prizes.

What if I’m a Jackpot Captain or play as part of a group?

The same limits apply for groups. The group will still only be able to input 1,000 ticket codes per month.

What if I have trouble inputting my codes?

If you receive a message stating a code is invalid, please double check the code and re-submit. If you believe a valid code is not being accepted, please contact us. You can find a contact link at the very bottom of the website under "Help Me." Click on the "Contact the Lottery" link and send us a message explaining the situation.

What if I entered more than 1,000 codes in September, 2012?

You will not be disqualified for entering more than 1,000 codes in any month prior to October, 2012 because the new policy would not have been in effect.

What happens if I submit my code after the deadline for the drawing?

Any codes submitted after the entry deadline, 11:59 p.m. every Saturday, will automatically be entered into the draw for the following week. Entries are only good for one weekly draw.

What are my chances of winning a prize?

The odds of winning vary based on the total number of entries that are received for a drawing, the total number of prizes awarded for each draw and the total number of entries an individual has submitted.

May I throw away my entry codes after I have entered them into a drawing?

Here's our advice: You, the player, are ultimately responsible for the codes you’ve submitted into 2nd Chance. If there is ever a question regarding one of your codes, we think it’s better to have the physical codes in your possession. We recommend you keep your tickets/codes until the 2nd Chance draw for that particular game has concluded. However, throwing away your tickets does not disqualify you from any drawing, and it's not required that you have the original ticket to claim any 2nd Chance prize, but we’d rather you be safe than sorry!

Is there a limit to the number of entry codes I can get?

No. You will receive one code, on a separate voucher, for every $5 of Fantasy 5 you purchase on a single ticket with a maximum of 10 codes for each purchased ticket. Each code is good for only one Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance draw. Each entry code will expire one year from the date of purchase. Please be aware of the code submission limitation policy. See other Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance FAQs for more information on this policy.

If I enter a code that’s eligible for three different draws, does that count as three of my 1,000 monthly entries?

No. The Lottery will only count total ticket codes submitted for the month. For example, if you submit a code that's eligible for the weekly Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance draw AND a promotional draw, that only counts as one of your 1,000 monthly submissions.

If I am selected as a winner, what do I need to do in order to claim my prize?

Winners will be notified by email to sign into the California Lottery website for "important information". Once signed in, a link to the claim form needed to claim the prize will be available. You will be asked to download, complete and mail the claim form to the following address:

California Lottery Attn: Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance
P.O. Box 1317
Sacramento, CA. 95812-1317
How will the code submission limitation policy be enforced?

For codes submitted prior to October 14, 2013, the Lottery will access accounts when draws are set to happen and make sure that the winners in each draw have not exceeded 1,000 total submissions in any calendar month. If the selected winner has entered more than 1,000 codes in any month after October 1, 2012 and before October 14, 2013, that person and their entries will be disqualified and an alternate will be selected. After October 14, 2013, the 2nd Chance system will not allow any player to submit more than 1,000 codes per month.

How will I know if I’m a winner?

Winners will be notified by email to sign into the California Lottery website for "important information". Once signed in, a link to the claim form needed to claim the prize will be available. Also, winning information will be listed in the player's account on the "My Account" page.

How will I know how much I’ve won?

Following code validation, winners' names and hometowns are posted on the Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance "Results & Winners" page. Winning entries and prize amounts will be posted on the winners list by Friday at 5 p.m. PT each week for the previous draw.

How will I know how many ticket codes I’ve already entered?

Your Lottery account shows you, real time, how many codes you’ve entered for the month, so you’ll be able to know when you’re getting close to the limit. The system will stop you from submitting more than 1,000 codes during the month.

How long will it take for me to receive my prize once I have been selected?

Please allow 8 weeks for receipt of your prize. Contact our Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-LOTTERY, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. PT if you have any questions.

How can I check to see what codes I have entered?

Each time you submit a code, a record of your successful submission appears on the "My Submissions" page.

All of your entries appear on that page for your information and reference, so you can check the list against the codes you have. If the submission record is there, you can be assured that it is in the system.

Can I win more than once per draw?

No. For draws that have multiple prizes and prize levels, once selected as a winner for a specific prize, you cannot win another prize in that draw.

Can I mail in my codes to enter into the drawings?

No. Mail-in entries are not accepted for this promotion.

Can I enter a draw more than once?

YES. You may enter a draw as many times as you wish, however, be aware of the code submission limitation policy and each submission requires a new code.

Are taxes taken out of the prize money?

All prize payments are subject to Federal tax withholding and other offsets as required by law. However, there are no California state/local taxes.

How do I play Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance?
For every purchase of $5 or more on a single Fantasy 5 ticket, you will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance voucher with your ticket code(s) that you can submit online for a second chance to win in an additional draw. Learn more about how to play Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance »

Daily 4 FAQs

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Are prizes taxable?


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

Can I choose my playstyle using Quick Pick®?

Yes. If you don't ask for a specific playstyle you will automatically receive the Straight playstyle.

How do I get the most from least-played numbers?
A pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings can be determined by the numbers they play. For example: Most players frequently play the same popular numbers such as 7777. If 7777 were to be drawn, the prize for that draw would be divided between all of the players who played 7777. On the other hand, if a player were to play less popular numbers and those numbers were drawn, he or she would share the prize amount with fewer winners, winning more money. With this in mind, you might want to try playing less popular numbers as they just might be your ticket to bigger prizes. Find number frequency »
How is the Daily 4 draw conducted?
The draws are conducted using an Automated Draw Machine, which is a state-of-the-art computer used to draw winning numbers.

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

How is the prize calculated for a Straight/Box play?

When you make a Straight/Box wager, your $1 wager is divided equally between the Straight and the Box playstyles. This means you can win either by matching your four numbers in exact order (the Straight wager) or by matching all four winning numbers in any order (the Box wager).

For example, if you play 1-2-3-4 for Straight/Box and the winning numbers are 1-2-3-4, you would win both the Straight AND the Box wagers. If the Straight prize for that drawing was $1,500, and if the Box prize for that drawing was $600, you would win half the Straight prize, or $750, PLUS half the Box prize, or $300, for a total of $1,050.

How long do I have to collect a Daily 4 prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize.
What are the odds of winning a prize in Daily 4?

The odds of winning depend on playstyle: The odds for a Straight play are 1 in 10,000; the odds for a Box play are 1 in 417; the odds for a Straight/Box are 1 in 417. Find all winning variations and odds »
What happens to a Daily 4 prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, the unclaimed Daily 4 prize funds are distributed to California public education.

What is an Automated Draw Machine?

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. Tampering in any way with the system, without detection, is not possible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used, A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

Where and how will I be able to play Daily 4?

Daily 4 is available at all current Lottery retailers and costs $1 per play. You pick a set of four numbers from 0 to 9, marking one number per row, plus the playstyle.  Draws occur every day right after draw entry closes at 6:30pm PT. The winning numbers are available at all Lottery retailers, here, and through some media outlets.
Where does the money from Daily 4 go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

Daily 3 FAQs

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Are prizes taxable?


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

Can I choose my playstyle using Quick Pick®?

Yes, but if you don't ask for a specific playstyle you will automatically receive the Straight playstyle.

How do I get the most from least-played numbers?
A pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by what numbers they play and the total number of players. For example: Most players frequently play the same popular numbers such as 777. If 777 were to be drawn the prize for that draw would be divided between all of the players who played 777. On the other hand if a player were to play less popular numbers and those numbers were drawn, he or she would share the prize amount with fewer winners. With this in mind, you might want to try playing less popular numbers as they just might be your ticket to bigger prizes. Find number frequency »
How is the Daily 3 draw conducted?

The draws are conducted using an Automated Draw Machine, which is a state-of-the-art computer used to draw winning numbers.

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. You could compare it to trying to alter the information on a compact disk. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

How is the prize calculated for a Straight/Box play?

When you make a Straight/Box wager, your $1 wager is divided equally between the Straight and the Box playstyles. This means you can win either by matching your three numbers in the exact order (the Straight wager) or by matching all three winning numbers in any order (the Box wager).

For example if you play 1-2-3 for Straight/Box and the winning numbers are 1-2-3, you would win both the Straight AND the Box wagers. If the Straight prize for that drawing was $500 and the Box prize for that drawing was $200 you would win half the Straight prize, or $250, PLUS half the Box prize, or $100, for a total of $350.

How long do I have to collect a Daily 3 prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize.
What are the odds of winning a prize in Daily 3?

The odds of winning depend on playstyle: The odds for a Straight play are 1 in 1,000; the odds for a Box play are 1 in 333; the odds for a Straight/Box are 1 in 333. Find all winning variations and odds »
What happens to a Daily 3 prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, the unclaimed Daily 4 prize funds are distributed to California public education.

What is an Automated Draw Machine?

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. You could compare it to trying to alter the information on a compact disk. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

Where and how will I be able to play Daily 3?

Daily 3 is available at Lottery retailers and costs $1 per play. You pick a set of three numbers from 0 to 9, marking one number per row.  Daily 3 draws occur twice a day right after draw entry closes at 1:00pm and 6:30pm PT. The winning numbers are available at all Lottery retailers, here, and through some media outlets.
Where does the money from Daily 3 go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to California public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

Daily Derby FAQs

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Are prizes taxable?


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

How is the Daily Derby draw conducted?

The draws are conducted using an Automated Draw Machine, which is a state-of-the-art computer used to draw winning numbers.

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

How long do I have to collect a Daily Derby prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize.
What are the odds of winning a prize in Daily Derby?

The odds of winning depend on the category and matches: The odds for a Grand Prize win or picking a Trifecta plus the winning Race Time is 1 in 1.32 million, while the odds for a Win or picking the 1st place winner is 1 in 13.2. Find all winning categories and odds »
What happens to a Daily Derby prize if it is not claimed?


If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, the unclaimed Daily Derby prize funds are distributed to California public education.

What is an Automated Draw Machine?

The Automated Draw Machine is a stand-alone computer, which means it isn't connected to any other computer system. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal. Inside the computer, the programs that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted or "burned in" and cannot be altered. Tampering with the system in any way is impossible.

The California Lottery has purchased three separate Automated Draw Machines, two are used for the daily draws and the third one is used as an off-site backup in the event of an emergency. Each day before the draw, a manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which draw device will be used - A or B. Another manual capsule draw is conducted to determine which randomization method is used, one being a mathematical algorithm and the other being a Random Number Generator. The numbers selected from either method are unpredictable and selected in an unbiased manner.

Where and how will I be able to play Daily Derby?

Daily Derby is available at all current Lottery retailers and costs $2 per play. Pick your three favorite horses: one to finish first, one to finish second and one to finish third, plus a Race Time. The Daily Derby draw occurs every day right after draw entry closes at 6:30pm PT. The winning numbers are available at all Lottery retailers, here, and through media outlets.
Where does the money from Daily Derby go?

94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, player prizes and retail compensation. See how Lottery funds are making a difference »

Hot Spot FAQs

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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.

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.
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.

Jackpot Captain FAQs

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Who can be a Jackpot Captain?

Anyone who believes in the power of group play, enjoys sharing their passion with others, loves being the cheerleader by encouraging people to be positive about playing, and like the responsibility of organizing the playing itself, is a Jackpot Captain.

How do I sign up to be a Jackpot Captain?
Signing up is easy once you’ve built your winning team.  However to begin, you must be a registered California Lottery player with a valid California address.  If you do not have a registered account, click here to join.  If you have an account and are signed in, hover over to the My Account tab.  Click on Jackpot Captain Settings and make sure the box ‘I want to be a Jackpot Captain’ is checked.  Once the box is checked, click the Update button to receive a note above the Jackpot Captain Settings letting you know your status has been updated and you are now a Jackpot Captain.
How can I change my preferences for when the Lottery contacts me?

There are two settings that affect when you will receive email communications from the Lottery—general "opt-in" and "Alert" emails.

As a registered player you are automatically set up to receive general emails from the Lottery regarding exciting Lottery news and information. Alert emails however are a service the Lottery provides players who wish to receive "Winning Number" and "Jackpot Alert" notifications.

To change your preferences for the general opt-in setting, just sign in, hover over the MY ACCOUNT tab in the top right corner and select "Edit Personal Details".

Locate the line that starts with, "I give permission to the Lottery…" and change your general opt-in settings by either checking or unchecking that box and clicking "Update".

To change your Alert email preferences from the Edit Personal Details page, just select "Edit Alerts", check all of the alerts that you wish to receive and click "Update".

Remember the Lottery will never provide your email address to any outside party.

How can I update the personal information in my account?
Once you are signed in, hover over to the My Account tab.  Click on My Profile.  Once here, you can make changes to your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, password, alert settings, check your winnings, and sign up for CA Lottery’s monthly eNewsletter and other promotional alerts.
How can I view the official rules or winners list for a past or current sweepstakes?
After signing in, click on the “get the details” link located under the promotion. Here you’ll find the Official Rules, and for promotions that have just ended, the winners list.
How will the Lottery contact me if I win a sweepstakes?

If your entry is selected in a Jackpot Captain sweepstakes, you will receive an email from the Lottery informing you that you have an important message at the California Lottery website. Once you sign into your account at calottery.com, you will receive details about your prize and instructions on how to claim it.

Please note that the Lottery will NEVER send you an email saying, "Congratulations, you are a winner!", or anything similar.

The Lottery will make several attempts to contact you via email and if you do not respond, will send a final notice via USPS mail to the registered address on your account.

For this reason it is important to maintain accurate information on your player profile at all times.

I am moving out of state and/or no longer want to be a Jackpot Captain. Can someone else take over for me as our group’s Jackpot Captain?

Yes. However, the new Jackpot Captain has to register as a Jackpot Captain.

What do I do if I forgot my password?
Click on Sign In and under Forgot Your Password, click on Reset it now.  From here you’ll submit your email address and a Reset Password Request message will appear in your inbox (be sure to check your Spam Folder if the message does not appear in your inbox).  Follow the directions in the email to reset your password.
What sort of future programs, benefits or promotions will be offered through the Jackpot Captain program?
We’re always looking to create new and exciting Jackpot Captain exclusives. We will contact you via email with any new updates and programs. Just make sure that you’ve opted in to receive these alerts.

Giving Back FAQs

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How are Lottery funds distributed?

The Lottery’s mandate, as defined in the California State Lottery Act, is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels from kindergarten through higher education, plus several specialized schools.

All segments of public schools receive the same per pupil funding level from the Lottery based on the average daily attendance of students in each school district. Since 1985, the educational institutions that receive Lottery funds and their cumulative distributions are listed below:

K-12th Grade -- 76.71%
Community Colleges -- 16.22%
California State University System -- 4.30%
University of California -- 2.70%
Other Educational Entities -- .07%

How much does the Lottery give to California public schools?

In total Lottery contributions, California public schools have received more than $26.6 billion in Lottery funds since the Lottery began in October 1985. The Lottery generated $1.28 billion for public schools in FY 2012-13. This contribution currently represents about 1% of the state’s public school annual budget. Remember, Lottery funds are to supplement public education, not to replace state and local funding.

What are the provisions for use of Lottery money and how is the money spent?

According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes. The Act bans the use of Lottery funds for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research.

Some districts, especially smaller school districts and higher education, have used funds for computer labs, teacher workshops, science programs, as well as art and music programs.

Who decides how the Lottery contributions are used?

Local education administrators, elected school boards and the administrators of higher education make the decisions how Lottery funds are distributed and spent within their systems. The Lottery is not involved in this decision-making process.


Consumer Protection FAQs

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I have a winning Lottery ticket over $599, what do I do now???

Any ticket over $599 cannot be redeemed at a Lottery retailer and must be mailed into the Lottery along with a claim form. It is recommended that you use certified mail when mailing your claim form and ticket to guarantee delivery. You can obtain a Winner Claim Form from any Lottery retailer or download from this site.

Get Winner Claim Form and learn how to claim your prize »

I received a letter that appears to be fraudulent, what should I do?

Many players have received letters (or emails) using the California Lottery, SuperLotto Plus or MEGA Millions name and logo, claiming they have won a lottery prize. THIS IS A SCAM! They are attempting to gain access to your personal information, such as Social Security Number or bank account numbers and attempting to steal your money.

If you receive a letter claiming that you have won a lottery prize and the letter asks you to contact a listed representative to find out how to claim your winnings, please do not respond to the letter. Instead, please contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) as soon as possible. A Lottery representative will ask you for any names, company name, phone numbers and addresses listed on the letter. The Lottery tracks this information and works in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to help identify these criminals.

What can I do if I want to file a complaint about a Lottery retailer?

Contact Lottery’s Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) and provide staff with the following information:

  • Name of retailer, retailer ID number, and/or address of retailer.
  • Date/Time of incident
  • Description of incident

Staff will open a security incident report and depending upon the situation, notify other appropriate Lottery staff to take further action.

What can I do if my ticket is lost or stolen?

If you lose a draw game ticket, contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) as soon after the occurrence as possible. Remember, the sooner you report your ticket lost or stolen, the better staff will be able to assist you. Please be able to provide as much detail about your ticket as possible including:

  • The retailer you purchased and/or redeemed your ticket at (name, retailer ID number, and/or address)
  • The date and time you purchased/redeemed your ticket
  • The date/time your ticket was lost/stolen (if known)
  • The amount of your ticket (if known)

If your ticket information can be located and it is determined that your ticket is a winner, staff will place your ticket on a security hold and mail you the appropriate paperwork.

Unfortunately, lost Scratchers tickets cannot be relocated.

What can I do to make sure I was paid correctly for my Lottery ticket?

If you ever feel you were not paid correctly for your Lottery ticket(s), you can contact our Security & Law Enforcement toll-free at 800-LOTTERY (800-568-8379) and speak to a representative. Please be able to provide the following information:

  • The retailer you redeemed your ticket(s) at (name, retailer ID number, and/or address)
  • The date and time of incident
  • Ticket information
  • The amount you were paid for your ticket(s)


Registration FAQs

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I signed up for a Lottery account, so why can’t I enter 2nd Chance draws?

You must verify your account to activate your membership. To verify your account, find the Lottery verification email in your inbox and follow the easy instructions.

If you don’t see your verification email in your inbox, check your junk/spam folder. Then add us to your Safe Senders List so this doesn't happen in the future.

My verification email isn’t in my inbox. Now what?

If you don’t see your verification email in your inbox, look in your junk/spam folder. Then add us to your Safe Senders List so this doesn't happen in the future.

If the verification email isn’t in your inbox or junk/spam folder, check to make sure we have your correct email address in the system and request a new verification email.

What Is Verification?

The Lottery requires that all account holders verify their email to: 1) ensure we have your correct email address and 2) protect the Lottery and its players against fraud.

If you haven't received your verification email, check your junk/spam folder and add us to your Safe Senders List. If it is not in your junk/spam folder, request a new verification email.


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