Daily Derby – California Lottery

By Kate Loyola
Last Updated: December 2, 2018

How to Play the California Daily Derby

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:

  1. From a field of 12 horses, you select the ones you think will finish first, second, and third — 3 horses in all.
  2. 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.

California Daily Derby Odds of Winning

You can win Daily Derby prizes by matching the winning horses, the correct Race Time, or both. Here are the odds for the different types of Daily Derby wins:

Grand PrizeRace Time and Trifecta1 in 1,320,000
Trifecta1st, 2nd, and 3rd place horses1 in 1,321
Exacta1st and 2nd place horses1 in 147
Win1st place horse1 in 13.2
Race TimeRace Time only1 in 1,001


California Daily Derby Drawing Schedule

Daily Derby draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST. The draw is held immediately after sales close, so you have up to 6:29 PM to buy eligible tickets.

California Daily Derby Payout

The Daily Derby has a rolling jackpot, and other prize tiers depend on the amount you wager for each game. Prize amounts can vary from draw to draw.

California Daily Derby Results

You can find the latest California Daily 3 results and past winning numbers at:

California Lottery – Daily Derby