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California Lottery General Information

The California Lottery plays six state drawn game - Daily 3 (with day and evening draws), Daily 4, Fantasy 5, Daily Derby, and SuperLotto Plus. It also plays one multiple-state game - Mega Millions. California is the only lottery state that doesn't play Powerball.

This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the California Lottery web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.

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California Lotteries Drawing Days and Times

The following table lists the drawing schedule of all California lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.

GameDraw DaysDraw Time
Daily 3 DayEveryday1:30 p.m.
Daily 3 EveningEveryday7 p.m.
Daily 4Everyday7 p.m.
Fantasy 5Everyday7 p.m.
Daily DerbyEveryday7 p.m.
SuperLotto PlusWednesday and Saturday8 p.m.
Mega MillionsTuesday and Friday8 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.

GameGame TypeTop PizeTop Pize Odds
Daily 3Select 3-digits 000 to 999

Pari-mutuel1 in 1,000
Daily 4Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999

Pari-mutuel1 in 10,000
Fantasy 5Select 5 numbers from 1 to 39

$50,000
Rollover
1 in 575,757
Daily DerbySelect 3 winners out of 12 horses
+ Racing time of the winner
Rollover, Pari-mutuel1 in 1,320,000
SuperLotto PlusSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 47
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 27
$7,000,000
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 41,416,353
Mega MillionsSelect 5 white numbers, 1 through 56
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
$12,000,000
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
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

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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.


Disclaimer

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.

Daily 3     Daily 4     Fantasy 5     Daily Derby     SuperLotto Plus     Mega Millions

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California lottery Games Data and Analysis Menu
Daily 3
- Daily 3 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Triples
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Daily 4
- Daily 4 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Quadruplets
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Fantasy 5
- Fantasy 5 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Daily Derby
- Daily Derby Game
- Winning Numbers
- Yearly Calendar
- Game Info
SuperLotto Plus
- SuperLotto Plus Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Mega Millions
- Mega Millions Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Powerball
- Powerball Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info

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