Race Time: 1:46.15
|Daily 3 Midday|
|Daily 3 Evening|
About the California Lottery
The California State Lottery started in 1984 with the creation of the California Lottery Commission through Proposition 37, or the Lottery Act of California.
As the state’s official lottery operator, the commission is charged with generating supplemental funding for public education. It first sold lottery tickets in October 1985. Since then, it has funneled more than $30.9 billion into California’s public schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.
California Lottery Tickets
You can buy tickets for California lottery games from any of the 23,000 authorized retailers throughout the state.
The official California State Lottery site has a handy “Where to Buy” section that helps you search for retailers that sell tickets for your chosen games. Better yet, the site offers a “Lucky Retailer” list that points you to retailers that have paid out the most prize money in the past year.
You have up to 180 days to claim prizes for any winning tickets. The only exceptions: jackpot-winning Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, which are valid for a year.
Can I buy CA Lottery tickets online?
No. The California State Lottery doesn’t offer online play, nor does it authorize or support the sale of lottery tickets online. But you can check out our list of the best places to play the lottery online to see your other options.
CA Tickets Payment Methods
You can buy tickets at your nearest authorized retailer using cash or credit and debit cards.
The California lottery also has extensive networks of self-service ticket stations and scratchers vending machines so you can pick up tickets conveniently — even while filling up at the gas station. Most of these machines only take $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. Play at the Pump machines, though, will let you pay through your credit or debit card.
California Lottery Games and Drawing Schedule
SuperLotto Plus is California’s biggest state lottery game. Players must pick 5 numbers from 1 to 47 as well as a MEGA number from 1 to 27. To win the jackpot, you have to match all 6 winning numbers drawn — a 1 in 42 million chance. Your chances of winning any kind of prize, though, are considerably better at around 1 in 23.
The SuperLotto Plus jackpot starts at $7 million, and the pot rolls over until somebody wins. The SuperLotto Plus’ largest jackpot yet is $193 million.
SuperLotto Plus draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:57 PM PST.
The Fantasy 5 offers better odds and daily draws, perfect for avid lottery players. You only need to choose 5 numbers, each from 1 to 39. If all your numbers match the ones selected during the draw, you win the jackpot.
Fantasy 5 players have a 1 in 576,000 chance of scoring the jackpot. The odds of snagging any prize, though, are about 1 in 9.
Fantasy 5 draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST.
The Daily 4 offers several thousand dollars in prizes. To play, you have to pick 4 numbers from 0-9 and pick a play style. Your odds of winning depend on your chosen play style:
- Straight: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order. Odds: 1 in 10,000.
- Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order. Odds: 1 in 417.
- Straight/Box: Your wager gets split evenly between the Straight and Box options. Matching the winning numbers in the exact order, for example, gets you half each of the corresponding Straight and Box prizes. Matching numbers in any order, meanwhile, net you half the corresponding Box prize instead. Odds: 1 in 417.
Daily 4 draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST.
The Daily 3 takes place twice a day, giving you even more chances of winning. You only need to select 3 numbers from 0-9 then pick your play style and draw schedule. Like the Daily 4, you can choose from Straight (a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning), Box or Straight/Box (both at approximately 1 in 333).
The Daily 3 has daily draws at midday (1 PM PST) and in the evening (6:30 PM PST).
The Daily Derby is one of the more unique games in the California Lottery lineup. You play by betting on the outcome of a virtual “horse race.” (Actually, the California Lottery Commission uses automated drawing machines for this game, same as other draw games.)
Here’s how it works:
- You select the horses you think will finish first, second, and third — 3 horses in all.
- Then you indicate the time that you think it will take the first horse to finish. This is called the Race Time, and it can be any time from 1:40:00 to 1:49:99. All you have to do is provide the last 3 digits of your Race Time. For example, to bet 1:45:40, you would use 5:40 for your ticket.
You get different prizes depending on how many horses and places you match, as well as whether you match the Race Time. If you pick all 3 winning horses in the correct order and get the right Race Time, you net the Grand Prize. Considering how complicated the game is, it’s not surprising to find grand prizes in the hundreds of thousands for each game.
Draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST.
Hot Spot is another lottery game with a refreshing system. Here, you pick the set of numbers, or Spot, that you’d like to play per draw. A set can be 1-10 numbers. Then, you fill out each set with numbers from 1-80. You win prizes by matching the winning numbers — and the bigger your Spot or set (meaning, the more numbers you have to match), the bigger your prize.
You can also opt to pay extra to play a Bulls-eye, which is an extra number from 1 to 80. This works like the multipliers in Powerball or Mega Millions: if you match Hot Spot numbers and your chosen Bulls-eye, you win more than if you’d just played Hot Spot numbers.
Draws are held every 4 minutes — perfect for a quick game.
California Lottery Game Schedules
|SuperLotto Plus||Wednesdays and Saturdays||7:45 PM PST|
|Fantasy 5||Every day||6:30 PM PST|
|Daily 4||Every day||6:30 PM PST|
|Daily 3||Every day||1 PM and 6:30 PM PST|
|Daily Derby||Every day||6:30 PM PST|
|Hot Spot||Every day||Every 4 minutes|
Notable Winners of California Lotteries
The California State Lottery claims to give out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week.
Here are some of 2018’s notable wins:
- Jose Valerio from Chula Vista won $518,017 playing the Fantasy 5
- Aleksandr Ishakov from North Hollywood won $494,690 playing the Daily Derby
- Masoodul Naqvi from Fremont won $27,000,000 playing the SuperLotto Plus
Scratchers have also logged numerous big wins:
- Sarah Mercado from Orange City won $10,000,000 playing $10 Million Dazzler
- Abdulaziz Abdulaziz from Lancaster won $5,000,000 playing 100X the Cash Scratchers
- Virgina Turley from Rancho Cordova won $1,000,000 playing Cash Wanted
California Lottery Scratch-Off
The California State Lottery runs numerous scratcher games at price points that run from $1 to $30 per card. The top prizes range from $100 to $10,000,000.
Here’s a quick look at the scratchers available per price point:
|The Perfect Gift!||$500|
|Día de los Muertos||$1000|
|10X the Cash||$20,000|
|10X the Cash||$20,000|
|20X the Cash||$200,000|
|Road to Riches||$150,000|
|Power Shot Multiplier||$100,000|
|Joker’s Wild Poker||$75,000|
|Red Hot Crossword||$75,000|
|Let’s Play Poker||$75,000|
|50X the Cash||$1,000,000|
|Plu$ the Money!||$1,000,000|
|$50 or $100!||$100|
|100X the Cash||$5,000,000|
|Hit It Big||$5,000,000|
|California Black Premium||$5,000,000|
|Bonus Play Millions||$10,000,000|
California Lottery Second Chances
What is Second Chance?
Second chance games give you another chance to win prizes with your non-winning lottery tickets. Many lotteries simply ask you to submit your tickets for a chance to win. Prizes can go as high as $100,000. To learn more, check out our article on second chance games.
How does Second Chance work for the CA Lottery?
The California Lottery runs second chance games for these games:
- SuperLotto Plus
- Fantasy 5
- All scratchers
Tickets for these games come with a second chance code that you can submit online if you want to join a draw. The California Lottery’s system automatically enters your code into all applicable draws (e.g., the weekly pool, a promotional draw, etc.).
If you have multiple non-winning tickets, you can submit these to the same draw to boost your chances of winning.
Information on the California Lottery
California Lottery Offices
The California State Lottery headquarters are at 700 North 10th St., Sacramento, CA 95811.
There are also 9 district offices:
|Area||Office Address||Contact Number|
|East Bay||2489 Industrial Parkway West|
Hayward, CA 94545
|Richmond||618 South 8th Street, Suite 300A|
Richmond, CA 94804
|Sacramento||4106 East Commerce Way|
Sacramento, CA 95834
|Fresno||7620 North Del Mar Avenue|
Fresno, CA 93711
|Van Nuys||16525 Sherman Way, #C10|
Van Nuys, CA 91406
|Inland Empire||1840 Commercenter Circle|
San Bernardino, CA 92408
|Santa Fe Springs||9807 Bell Ranch Drive|
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
|Santa Ana||3400 W. Warner Ave. Ste. F|
Santa Ana, CA 92704
|San Diego||5656 Ruffin Road|
San Diego, CA 92123
California Lottery Customer Support
For customer service inquiries, you can contact the California Lottery Commission through its toll-free hotlines from 8 AM to 5 PM PST on weekdays:
You can also send an email through the official California Lottery website’s contact form.
California Lottery Social Accounts
You can keep up with the latest California lottery news through official social media accounts:
California Lottery Apps and Technology
The California Lottery offers convenient iOS and Android apps. While you can’t buy lottery tickets through your mobile phone, you can still:
- Scan your tickets to check if you’ve won
- Scan non-winning tickets to enter their codes into second chance games
- Track your second chance game codes
- Keep up with Hot Spot draw results (every 4 minutes!)
- Check winning numbers and jackpots for all lottery draws
- Search for your closest retailers through an interactive map
- Check the latest California Lottery promotions
The California Lottery website also lets you create an account to enter second chance games, get jackpot alerts, and more.