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.
Fantasy 5 Numbers - Jumbo Bucks Numbers
Cash 3 Midday Numbers - Cash 3 Evening Numbers - Cash 3 Night Numbers
Cash 4 Midday Numbers - Cash 4 Evening Numbers - Cash 4 Night Numbers
Five Midday Numbers - Five Evening Numbers
All or Nothing Morning - All or Nothing Day - All or Nothing Evening - All or Nothing Night
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||Monday & Thursday||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|
|All or Nothing||Daily||10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM||9:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 5:45 PM & 9:45 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|
|*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. Drawings take place on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 PM. Here's what you could win in the main game:
|Match||Win||Odds of Winning|
|6 Numbers||Jackpot||1 in 10,737,573|
|5 Numbers||$500||1 in 43,649|
|4 Numbers||$50||1 in 873|
|3 Numbers||$5||1 in 50|
|Overall odds of winning any Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize are 1 in 47.56|
Of course, you can also take part in Cash Match for an additional $1 to see your combined odds of winning move to a very reasonable 1 in 2.94. Cash Match is a supplementary game that could see you win between $1 and $500 on the spot! If you opt in to the game, a line of numbers will be printed on your Jumbo Bucks Lotto entry along with a cash amount. Matching your Cash Match numbers to your Jumbo Bucks numbers will see you win an instant cash prize! There's also a handy Multiplier that could see you win up to ten times the amount listed on the ticket. If you win big, you can redeem the ticket for cash straight away and get a replacement Jumbo Bucks ticket for the drawing you want to enter.
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.
All or Nothing holds drawings four times a day at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM. The game has an interesting twist - you can win a top prize of $250,000 either by matching none or all of the 12 numbers drawn. Tickets cost $2 per game and all you need to do is select 12 numbers from 1 to 24 or have them randomly generated for you using the Quick Pick option. Here's what you could win:
|Match||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 12||$250,000||1 in 2,704,156|
|Match 11||$500||1 in 18,779|
|Match 10||$50||1 in 621|
|Match 9||$10||1 in 56|
|Match 8||$2||1 in 11|
|Match 7||No prize awarded||N/A|
|Match 6||No prize awarded||N/A|
|Match 5||No prize awarded||N/A|
|Match 4||$2||1 in 11|
|Match 3||$10||1 in 56|
|Match 2||$50||1 in 621|
|Match 1||$500||1 in 18,779|
|Match 0||$250,000||1 in 2,704,156|
|Odds of winning any All or Nothing prize are 1 in 4.5. If seven or more ticket holders win the top prize in a drawing then a prize pool of $1.5 million will be split between the winners|
Other Georgia Lottery games include Cash 3, 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
Prizes of $600 or less can be redeemed at any authorized Georgia Lottery retailer. 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. Prizes must be redeemed within 180 days of the relevant drawing.
Payouts worth up to $25,000 can also be claimed at special Lottery kiosks in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. How's that for customer service?
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.
Interested in playing Georgia Lottery games like Fantasy 5 or All or Nothing? 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?