California Lottery Numbers
Keep track of all the latest California lottery numbers in one place. You can check your tickets against the winning numbers, find out about prize payout amounts and winners or simply see if a jackpot prize was recently won.
Current lottery games include: California SuperLotto Plus - Powerball - Mega Millions - Fantasy 5 - Daily 4 - Daily 3
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Buying Lottery Tickets
Want to play California Lottery games? If so, you'll have to make a trip to the Golden State to purchase scratchers or tickets for draw games.
California Lottery Draw Schedule
|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||7:45 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|
|*Times are shown in PST. For all games, except Powerball and Mega Millions, drawings are held immediately after ticket sales close.|
Californians aren't limited to just Mega Millions or Powerball - they have some great games of their own as well.
SuperLotto Plus is a great lottery game that offers multi-million dollar jackpots every Wednesday and Saturday. 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, or have the numbers randomly generated for you using the Quick Pick option. Prizes are generated on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning that the cash amounts won are determined by the number of winning tickets in each tier as well as the number of ticket sales. Here's a breakdown of the odds of winning:
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 Main Numbers + Mega||1 in 41,416,353|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 1,592,937|
|4 Main Numbers + Mega||1 in 197,221|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 7,585|
|3 Main Numbers + Mega||1 in 4,810|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 185|
|2 Main Numbers + Mega||1 in 361|
|1 Main Number + Mega||1 in 74|
|Mega Only||1 in 49|
|Overall odds of winning any SuperLotto Plus prize are 1 in 23|
Scratchers, also known as "scratch-offs" or "instant-win games", can be purchased from any authorised 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!
Other great California Lottery games include Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3, Daily Derby and Hot Spot. Visit our California Numbers page for all the latest winning numbers and prize breakdowns of the lottery games you play!
Claiming California Lottery Prizes
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.
Any lottery prize worth $599 or less can be claimed at any California Lottery retailer. If you win a lottery prize worth more than $600 then the Lottery must inform the IRS about the win, so you'll be responsible for completing a claim form and mailing it, along with your ticket, to California Lottery office in Sacramento. You can also visit any California Lottery District Office if you'd like to process the claim in person.
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!
History of the California 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.
Finally, the only way to win a lottery prize is to buy a lottery ticket - you simply can't win a prize for a raffle, sweepstake or lottery game that you haven't entered. Anyone who contacts you with news that you've won a California Lottery prize when you haven't even bought a ticket is trying to scam you. Read the scams page so that you can protect yourself against these opportunistic thieves.