Massachusetts Lottery General Information
The Massachusetts Lottery plays three state drawn game - The Numbers Game (with midday and evening draws),
Mass Cash, and Megabucks Doubler.
Plus, three multiple-state games - Powerball, Mega Millions, and the recently launched New England States' game, Lucky for Life.
Compared to other states, the Massachusetts Lottery offers fairlly high variety of lottery games.
Massachusetts lottery uses mechanical drawing system and drawings are conducted in a secure studio at WCVB Channel 5 in Boston.
You an read about MA Lottery drawing procdures here.
This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the Massachusetts Lottery
web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.
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Massachusetts Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all Massachusetts lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|The Numbers Game Day||Everyday||12:57 p.m|
|The Numbers Game Evening||Everyday||7:57 p.m|
|Mass Cash||Everyday||11:20 p.m|
|Megabucks||Wednesday and Saturday||11:20 p.m|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||11 p.m|
|Powerball||Wednesday and Saturday||11 p.m.|
|Lucky for Life||Monday and Thursday||10:38 p.m|
Massachusetts Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each Massachusetts 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||How to Play||Top Prize||Top Prize Odds|
|The Numbers Game||Select 1 to 4-digits 0000 to 9999||Pari-mutuel||1 in 10,000|
|Mass Cash||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 35||$100,000||1 in 324,632|
|Megabucks||Select 6 numbers, 1 through 49||Jackpot|
|1 in 13,983,816|
|Mega Millions||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
|Powerball||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 59 |
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 35
|1 in 175,223,510|
|Lucky for Life||Select 5 numbers from 1 to 40 |
+ 1 Lucky Ball, 1 to 21
|$1,000 a day for life|
|1 in 13,818,168|
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.
Massachusetts Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the Massachusetts lottery games.
- You must be 18 or older to buy Massachusetts Lottery tickets.
- It is unlawful for the Massachusetts Lottery to offer its games for sale online.
- Players can purchase Season Tickets for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. When you win, a check comes directly in the mail to
your house, with the exception of jackpot prizes. See
How to Purchase Massachusetts Lottery Season Tickets.
- You must notify the Lottery claims department in writing about a lost ticket. You must provide all the details, such as date
played, time played, where played, number played, etc. The claims department will research the claim and notify you of the result.
If you lose a season ticket that has been registered you can call the Season Ticket department to request a duplicate.
- Please see also the Massachusetts Lottery FAQ page
Claiming Prizes of the Massachusetts Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any Massachusetts lottery,
- All Massachusetts Lottery cash prizes must be claimed within one (1) year following the draw date.
- Prizes of $600 or less may be redeemed at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer.
- To claim a prize from $601 to $49,999, you must visit a Lottery regional office (Boston, Braintree, New Bedford, Woburn, Worcester or West Springfield).
- You must claim any prize over $50,000 at the Massachusetts Lottery Headquarters in Braintree, MA.
- The Lottery requires proof of positive identification for all prizes over $600. You must have a photo ID that contains your
signature, proof of your social security number and proof of current address when claiming a prize over $600.
- It is important to sign the back of your ticket to establish your ownership of the ticket. Without a signature on the back, a
lottery ticket is considered a “bearer instrument” and can be claimed by anyone presenting the ticket.
- If your Lottery prize is greater than $5,000, 25% of your prize will be automatically withheld and sent directly to the
Internal Revenue Service. In addition, 5% is required to be withheld and sent to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
For further information, please see the
Massachusetts lottery How to Claim page.
Where do the Massachusetts Lottery profits go?
Lottery revenues (approximately 23%) are transferred to the Local Aid Fund and returned to the cities and towns of the
Commonwealth in the form of local aid.
More information can be found here.
Information on Each Massachusetts Lottery Game
Further information on each Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from Massachusetts 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.
The Numbers Game
Lucky for Life