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
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.
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?