The Georgia Lottery was formed in 1992 with the aim of raising money for education in the Peach State. Draws take place in Atlanta and exactly half of the $1 billion+ GA lottery income is paid out in prizes.
Georgia Lottery Drawing Schedule
Georgia has one of the widest ranges of games available in the USA, find out the days and times of each drawing:
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||10:59 PM||10:00 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash4Life||Daily||9:00 PM||8:45 PM|
|Jumbo Bucks||Monday & Thursday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Fantasy 5||Daily||11:34 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash 3||Daily||12:29 PM, 6:59 PM & 11:34 PM||12:00 PM, 6:50 PM & 10:45 PM|
|Cash 4||Daily||12:29 PM, 6:59 PM & 11:34 PM||12:00 PM, 6:50 PM & 10:45 PM|
|FIVE||Daily||12:29 PM & 6:59 PM||12:00 PM & 6:50 PM|
|Cash Pop||Daily||8:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 11:59 PM||–|
|*Times are shown in ET. Georgia Lottery tickets are not on sale between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM.|
Georgia is home to a number of different lottery games that offer big cash prizes to state residents.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Cash Match is a new game that has a starting jackpot of $1 million, with tickets costing $1 each. Players select six numbers from 1 to 47 or opt for a Quick Pick to have entries randomly generated for them.
Fantasy 5 is a daily game that costs just $1 per play. That’s pretty good value for money, especially as you’ll get a free Fantasy 5 ticket simply for matching two numbers! The jackpot starts at $125,000 and will roll over until someone matches all five numbers to take home the big prize. Players select five numbers from 1 to 42. Here are the odds of winning for each prize tier:
|Match||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5||Jackpot||1 in 850,668|
|Match 4||Pari-mutuel (estimated $150)||1 in 4,598|
|Match 3||Pari-mutuel (estimated $10)||1 in 128|
|Match 2||Free Ticket||1 in 11|
|Odds of winning any Fantasy 5 prize are approximately 1 in 10.06|
Want to increase your chances of winning a prize? You can pay an extra $1 to activate the eZmatch option. If your Fantasy 5 numbers match any of the selected eZmatch numbers, you’ll snag up to $500 on the spot. You won’t even have to wait until the draw to redeem your prize – the retailer will pay you your winnings and give you a replacement ticket for the Fantasy 5 draw.
Cash Pop has five drawings a day, seven days a week, and playing is as easy as picking a number from 1-15.
Cash 3 has three drawings per day for cash prizes and a variety of game types to keep things interesting.
Other Georgia Lottery games include Cash 4, Georgia 5 and KENO!
If you’re not the waiting type, you can try out some of the instant games offered by the Georgia Lottery. All you have to do is choose a game, buy it and scratch off the top layer to see if you’re a winner! Instant win prizes can rival those of regular lottery games, so they’re well worth a try.
Claiming a Georgia Lottery Prize
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Georgia. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
All prize amounts can be claimed by mail – see details below. Prizes of $600 or less can also be redeemed at any authorized Georgia Lottery retailer or Lottery office.
If you win any prize worth $601 or more, you’ll need to fill out a claim form and supply two types of identification to the Georgia Lottery commission in order to claim your winnings. For draw games, prizes must be redeemed within 180 days of the relevant drawing, and for instant tickets, within 90 days of the game Expired Date.
Payouts worth up to $25,000 can also be claimed at Lottery Headquarters or any Lottery district office. You can also claim at special Lottery kiosks in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. How’s that for customer service?
Claim a prize by mail
Prizes of any value may be claimed by mail. For prizes of $600 and under, fill out the back of the winning ticket and send it to the address below.
For wins of $600 and above, please send the following:
- Completed original ticket
- Completed claim form claim form
- Copy of a government-issued photo ID
- Copy of social security card
Georgia Lottery Corporation
P.O. Box 56966
Atlanta, GA 30343
Processing times are normally 2-3 weeks; however, big jackpots may require 4-5 weeks.
History of the Georgia Lottery
The Georgia Lottery was established in 1992 in order to provide vital funding for educational initiatives. Ticket sales began in June 1993 and have been going strong ever since. Today, over $15.5 billion has been allocated to the Lottery for Education Account run by the State Treasury. Georgia Lottery fans know that they’re funding more than their own dreams of a big jackpot win – they’re helping others in the state realize their dreams of a better future through education.
You’ll need to be at least 18 years old to play Georgia Lottery games or redeem any prizes you might win.
Details of your win will be reported to the IRS for prizes worth $600 or more. If you’ve won a prize worth more than $5,000, you’ll be responsible for federal withholding taxes of 25 percent and Georgia state income taxes of six percent.
Georgia lottery games currently aren’t available to play outside of the USA. However, you can take part in Powerball and Mega Millions from around the world. Visit the Tickets page for more information.
Find the latest Georgia Lottery numbers and prize information for draws such as Fantasy 5, Powerball, Mega Millions and more. Are you a lucky winner?
What to expect when making a prize claim
Detailed Prize Claims
Prize Claim Requirements and Expectations:
- Please bring two pieces of valid government-issued identification when making your claim. The ID must include a recent photo, date of birth and signature.
- Prizes will only be paid to the rightful ticket holder(s) or Group Trustee.
- Group claims $10,000 and greater require a Group Release Agreement Form.
- Please note that the Lottery Ticket owners(s) must be present at AGLC during the entire processing time.
- If winner(s) arrive at a payout location late in the day the prize may not be paid the same day.
- If claiming at an AGLC Prize Payout Office all prizes are made payable by cheque. Only claims greater than $25 Million will be paid via wire transfer.
Prize Claim Restrictions:
- All merchandise prizes, cash equivalent prizes and bonus prizes must be claimed in person from an AGLC Prize Payout Office.
- Tickets purchased in lottery jurisdictions outside the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) must be claimed from the address located on the reverse of the ticket.
- All prizes must be claimed prior to the expiry date as indicated on the ticket. Expiry dates for Scratch & Win tickets are printed on the reverse of the ticket and other lottery games expiry dates are one year commencing the draw date as indicated on the ticket. Please ensure you check the expiry date on Scratch & Win tickets at the time of purchase as WCLC will not honour prizes on expired tickets.
- Mondays (and Tuesdays after a statutory holiday) tend to have a higher volume of prize claims presented. Prize Claims processing wait times may be longer than other days of the week.
- Free parking is available for winners at the St. Alberta Prize Payout Office. Paid parking is available at the Calgary Prize Payout Office located at the front of the building.
- When planning to claim your prize, please allow time for the processing of your claim. Refer to the prize claim processing times below for further details around expected processing times for your prize claim.
Approximate Prize Claim Processing Times
- To permit veriﬁcation of claims, some prize claims may require more than one business day to complete.
- For your protection, always print your name, address and telephone number on the back of your ticket.
- Additional markings of any kind will require a written explanation, possible further investigation and could delay payment of your prize.
Please note that WCLC has to verify all Prize Claims before payment is made and your prize may not be paid out the same day.
Information to help prepare for making an in-person prize claim