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||Monday, 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|
|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|
|Fantasy 5||Daily||11:34 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||-|
|Jumbo Bucks||Monday & Thursday||11:00 PM||10:45 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 Peach State players.
Cash 3 is a three-digit GA game that has three drawings per day for cash prizes; players have a variety of play types to keep things interesting.
Cash 4 is a four-digit game with three daily draws for the chance to win up to $5,000, with a range of play types and bets.
Fantasy 5 is a daily game featuring a jackpot that starts at $125,000 and rolls over until someone matches all five numbers to take home the big prize. You can start playing for just $1. Add Cash Match for an extra $1 and you could score up to $500 instantly.
Georgia Five gives lottery fans the chance to win up to $10,000 for matching five digits - a Midday and Evening draw are held every day, and tickets cost just $1.
Cash Pop has five drawings a day, seven days a week, for prizes of up to $1,250, and playing is as easy as picking a number from 1-15.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto
Jumbo Bucks Lotto has draws twice a week for a starting jackpot of $1 million, with tickets costing $1 each. The Cash Match add-on for $1 more has instant prizes of up to $500, plus multipliers to increase your win by up to 10 times.
Other GA Games
If you're not the waiting type, you can try out Keno, where you could win up to $100,000 on one of the more than 300 draws a day - add the Multiplier and Bulls-Eye options for a shot at even bigger prizes. Or try your luck with the Print n Play instant games offered by the Georgia Lottery. All you have to do is choose a game, buy it, and your ticket prints on the spot from the terminal, listing the steps to play and prizes up for grabs. Instant win prizes can rival those of regular lottery games, so they're well worth a try.
Claiming a Georgia Lottery Prize
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 24% and Georgia state income taxes of 5.75%.
Interested in playing Georgia Lottery games like Fantasy 5 or Jumbo Bucks? You'll need to make your ticket purchases in the state of Georgia. Frankly, what better reason do you need for a visit to the Peach State?