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New York Lottery General Information

The New York Lottery plays six state drawn games - Numbers (with midday and evening draws), Win 4 (with midday and evening drawss), Take Five, Pick 10, Sweet-Million, and Lotto. Plus, two multiple-state games - Powerball and Mega Millions. There also a quas-instant game called Club Quick Draw which is drawn every 4 minutes, and which we do not attemp to include in this web site. Compared to other states, the New York Lottery offers a large variety of lottery games.

New York lottery uses mechanical drawing system and drawings are televised live on several TV stations listed here.

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

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New York Lotteries Drawing Days and Times

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

GameDraw DaysDraw Time
Numbers DayEveryday12:30 p.m
Numbers EveningEveryday7:30 p.m
Win 4 DayEveryday12:30 p.m
Win 4 EveningEveryday7:30 p.m
Take FiveEveryday11:21 p.m
Pick 10Everyday9 p.m
Sweet-MillionMonday and Thursday 9:30 p.m.
LottoWednesday and Saturday11:21 p.m.
Mega MillionsTuesday and Friday11 p.m
PowerballWednesday and Saturday11 p.m.


New York Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds

The following is a compact summary of each New York 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.

GameHow to PlayTop PrizeTop Prize Odds
NumbersSelect 3-digits 000 to 999$5001 in 1,000

Win 4Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999

$5,0001 in 10,000
Take FiveSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 39

~$50,000
Rolldown, Pari-mutuel
1 in 575,757
Pick 10Select 10 numbers, 1 through 80

$500,0001 in 8,911,711
Sweet-MillionSelect 6 numbers, 1 through 40

$1,000,0001 in 3,838,380
LottoSelect 6 numbers, 1 through 59

Jackpot
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 22,528,737
Mega MillionsSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 56
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
$12,000,000
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 175,711,536
PowerballSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 59
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 39
$20,000,000 +
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 195,249,054

Top prizes listed with "Rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins. Prizes listed with "Rolldown" will distribute the top prizes to second prize winners in the event that there are no top prize winners. 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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New York Lottery General Rules and Regulations

The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the New York lottery games.

  • New York Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Playcards and sales receipts are not valid receipts and cannot be used to claim a prize.
  • The Purchaser of a Lottery ticket has the sole responsibility for verifying the accuracy and condition of the data printed on the ticket at the time of purchase.
  • Neither the New York Lottery nor its agents shall be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
  • No corrections or cancellations can be made on a Lotto, Powerball or Mega Millions ticket.
  • New York Lottery cannot be played by subscription or through the mail
  • Use the ticket checker now available at all retail locations statewide to determine if you have a winning ticket before handing it to a store clerk for payment.
  • Please see also the New York Lottery General Rules
    and New York Lottery Rules & Regulations 2/11


Claiming Prizes of the New York Lottery

Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any New York lottery,

  • Winning tickets must be claimed within 1 year of the draw date on the ticket.
  • Please remember each ticket is a bearer instrument. Sign the back of your ticket for your protection.
  • You can collect a prize of up to and including $600 from any of the New York Lottery retailers.
  • You can also submit a postage-paid claim-form mailer available at your New York Lottery retailer, or download a mail-in claim form from the NY Lottery web site. Simply complete the form, put it in an envelope and mail it to:
    New York Lottery, P.O. Box 7533, Schenectady, NY 12301 7533.
  • Winners' Handbooks are available for jackpot winners to help answer any questions you may have.
  • The New York Lottery is required by law to withhold New York State income taxes from taxable prizes over $5,000, regardless of the winner's place of residence.
    The current tax withholding rates are:
    Federal withholding 25%
    Federal backup withholding 28%
    Federal Non-resident Alien withholding 30%
    New York State withholding 8.97%
    New York City withholding 3.876%
    Yonkers withholding .897%
    (Beginning 4/1/11, Yonkers withholding 1.3455%)
    
  • By law, the New York Lottery is required to withhold past-due support and prior public assistance received from any Lottery prize of $600 or more.
  • For further information, please see the New York lottery - How to Claim page.

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Where do the New York Lottery profits go?

The New York Lottery contributes billion to help support education in New York State, over 15 percent of total state education funding to local school districts.

More information can be found here



Information on Each New York Lottery Game

Further information on each New York 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 New York Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts extracted from New York 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.

Numbers     Win 4     Fantasy 5     Pick 10     Sweet-Million     Lotto     Mega Millions     Powerball

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New York lottery Games Data and Analysis Menu
Numbers
- Numbers Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Triples
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Win 4
- Win 4 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Quadruplets
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Take Five
- Take Five Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Pick 10
- Pick 10 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Game Info
Sweet-Millions
- Sweet-Millions Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Lotto
- Lotto Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads 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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