California Lottery General Information
California Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all California lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|Daily 3 Day||Everyday||1:30 p.m.|
|Daily 3 Evening||Everyday||7 p.m.|
|Daily 4||Everyday||7 p.m.|
|Fantasy 5||Everyday||7 p.m.|
|Daily Derby||Everyday||7 p.m.|
|SuperLotto Plus||Wednesday and Saturday||8 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||8 p.m.|
California Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each California lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top
prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.
|Game||Game Type||Top Pize||Top Pize Odds|
|Daily 3||Select 3-digits 000 to 999||Pari-mutuel||1 in 1,000|
|Daily 4||Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999||Pari-mutuel||1 in 10,000|
|Fantasy 5||Select 5 numbers from 1 to 39||$50,000|
|1 in 575,757|
|Daily Derby||Select 3 winners out of 12 horses|
+ Racing time of the winner
|Rollover, Pari-mutuel||1 in 1,320,000|
|SuperLotto Plus||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 47 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 27
|1 in 41,416,353|
|Mega Millions||Select 5 white numbers, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins.
Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the
number of winners.
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California Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the California lottery games.
- You must be 18 years or older to purchase or redeem California Lottery tickets.
- California Lottery prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the drawing date.
- Valid tickets are only sold by California Lottery retailers in California.
- Losing a Lottery ticket is like losing cash. Protect yourself by signing the back of your ticket and filling in your address.
Unless signed, anyone who has the ticket can file a claim. The California Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
- Winners are responsible for any taxes due. There is no state tax on Lottery winnings. Federal tax may be withheld from your
winnings at the rate of 25% for US citizens and 30% for all others.
- Please see also the California Lottery FAQs page
Claiming Prizes of the California Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any California lottery,
- Prizes Under $600 can be paid by a participating Lottery retailers.
- You may also fill out a claim form and mail it with your winning ticket to:
California Lottery, 730 North 10th Street, Sacramento, California, 95811-0300, Attn: Customer Service
- For prizes of $600 or more: Take your ticket to any Lottery retailer to be checked and ask the retailer for a winner claim form.
Make sure you get your your original ticket and the claim receipt back. Submit your claim form, claim receipt and original ticket to
a Lottery District Office or mail them to the above address.
- Remember, your winning ticket is as valuable as cash. Please sign the back of your ticket in ink and make a photocopy of the front
and back for your records.
- More information on prize collection and taxes can be found here
Where do the California Lottery profits go?
For every dollar spent on Lottery products, at least 34 cents is returned to the classroom.
Lottery funds go to K-12 schools; they support students in all areas of public education. Community Colleges, the University of
California, the California State University system, Adult Education, Charter Schools and even the schools at the Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation – Division of Juvenile Justice receive Lottery funds.
Lottery funds account for approximately 1.5% of all education funding - providing school districts the flexibility to keep
valuable programs and services for students.
Further information can be at Where does all the money go?
of the California Lottery web site.
Information on Each California Lottery Game
Further information on each California lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on
this site at the following pages.
US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the California Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from California Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online
tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.