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.
|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.|
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.
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
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.
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 Powerball Jackpot Just Hit $750 Million. Here’s the Deadline to Buy Tickets Tonight in Every State
The Powerball jackpot is now up to a whopping $750 million, and the next drawing is tonight. It’s the biggest lottery jackpot of 2019 so far, and if someone has all of the Powerball winning numbers it would represent the fourth-highest lottery jackpot of all time in the U.S.
Bear in mind that the odds of winning Powerball are unlikely, to put it mildly. To win the Powerball jackpot, you must have all five white numbers (between 1 and 69) and the red Powerball number (between 1 and 26) correct. The odds of having all of the winning Powerball numbers on your ticket are 1 in 292 million.
Still, there are many other ways to win a Powerball prize of some sort. You’ll win $1 million if you have all five winning white balls but not the red Powerball, for example, and you’d win $50,000 by getting four white balls and the Powerball correct.
Most importantly, you can’t win Powerball if you don’t buy a ticket in time for the latest drawing. Each Powerball ticket costs $2, and the deadline to buy Powerball tickets varies by state. Here’s all the information you need for a chance to win the $750 million jackpot in the Powerball drawing tonight, Wednesday, March 27.
When Are the Powerball Winning Numbers Drawn?
Powerball drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Some local nightly news programs show Powerball drawings live, while other stations around the country announce Powerball winning numbers at a little after 11 p.m. ET.
You can also find out about the winning Powerball numbers online at sites such as powerball.com and lottery.net.
The next Powerball drawing is tonight (Wednesday, March 27), when a jackpot estimated at $750 million is up for grabs. The lump sum cash value of today’s $750 million jackpot is $465.5 million, before taxes. (And yes, if you are lucky enough to win the Powerball jackpot, our advice is to take the lump sum rather than annual payments.)
What Is the Deadline to Buy Powerball Tickets?
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy Powerball tickets varies by location. So we checked the state lottery websites around the country for their Powerball cutoff times, and all of the deadlines are listed below.
Powerball jackpots roll over and get bigger and bigger if no one has all of the winning numbers in drawings. And as lottery jackpots grow, so does the likelihood for long lines to buy tickets. So it’s best to buy Powerball tickets well before the deadline arrives in your state. Also, take note that many states offer online lottery ticket sales.The Powerball jackpot is $750 million currently. Here's the deadline to buy Powerball tickets, even with tough odds of winning Powerball. ]]>