The California State Lottery is the state lottery of the state of California in the US. The lottery was launched 36 years ago in 1984 after the California residents had voted for the creation of a lottery in California. This lottery serves two main purpose. Firstly punters are given an opportunity to win life-changing prizes by winning any of the games offered by the California lottery and secondly, a fraction of the ticket sales is used for the benefit of the California education sector as it is used to help students from public schools, colleges and universities. Just to show how much impact this lottery has had in the education sector, more than $32 billion has been raised since 1985 to help in California education. The California lottery is not just a single game but there is quite a number of games which you can bet on and win amazing prizes, the games which form the California Lottery are:
As earlier stated, the California State lottery consists of a number of lotteries, all of which have different rules and playstyles. This article will look at each game individually, clearly explaining what the game entails and how to play it.
The Powerball is a multi-state jackpot game which is very popular in the Carlifonia state. The lottery has two weekly drawings every Wednesday and Saturday and the draws are held at 9:59 p.m. CT after ticket sales have ended at 8:59 p.m. Powerball is a two set lottery and in order for you to play the Powerball, you must select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26 for the Powerball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. Powerball is not a cheap lottery, each time you play the Powerball, you must part ways with $2 which is the cost of play and the Power Play option adds $1 per play. In California, Powerball prize amounts are pari-mutuel, which means that in the event that there are many winners, the prize will be equally shared amongst the winners.
MegaMillions is a very popular lottery which is played in a total of 45 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery was launched in 1996 and has evolved through the years because when it was initially launched, it was referred to as the Big Game, it was relaunched in 2002 as The Big Game Mega Millions temporarily, before being renamed Mega Millions. The lottery is a 5/70 lottery and when you are playing Mega Millions, you must select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. This lottery is one of the most lucrative lotteries in the world with its record jackpot a staggering $1.537 billion which was won in 2018. The ticket cost is $2 per ticket and you can add $1 for the Megaplier. In California, Mega Millions prize amounts are pari-mutuel, which means that in the event that there are many winners, the prize will be equally shared amongst the winners.
California Superlotto Plus
The California Superlotto Plus lottery is a California based lottery which is very popular in the state. The draws for this lottery are conducted twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:57 p.m. This lottery is a 5/47 which means that for you to hit the jackpot, you are required to match five winning numbers from 1-47 as well as the ‘Mega Number’. The ‘Mega Number’ is chosen from a separate drum of numbers 1-27. The good thing about this lottery is that it has nine prize divisions so there is quite a lot to be won. The SuperLotto Plus jackpot starts at seven million dollars, ($7 million) and continues to grow with each Wednesday and Saturday draw until someone wins. The overall odds of winning any prize in the main draw is 1 in 23 but for the jackpot, the odds are 1 in 41,416,353.
California Fantasy 5
California’s Fantasy 5 is a daily draw game from the state of California which is very popular in that state. This is one of the simplest lotteries you will ever come across where you simply have to choose five numbers from 1 to 39 and if you manage to match your selections with the drawn numbers, you will win the jackpot. Besides the jackpot, there are prizes for getting 2-4 numbers correct as well. As we have already established, the California’s Fantasy 5 draws are conducted daily at 6:30pm which means that you have more chances to win week in week out. The starting jackpot prize for California’s Fantasy 5 is $50,000 and it will rollover until it reaches $500,000. What is also impressive about this lottery are the odds of winning the jackpot which are 1 in 575,575 and this means that this is an easy lotto to win.
California Daily 3
The California Daily 3 is a very popular game where you can play your favorite three numbers. In order to play this lotto, you must personally choose three lucky numbers from 0 to 9, you can also make use of the Quick Pick option and have the computer system to randomly generate the numbers on your behalf. You have three playstyles to choose from namely Straight, Box, or Straight/Box. The California 3 has two daily drawings for the California Daily 3 Midday and the California Daily 3 Evening, the draws for the California Daily 3 takes place on a daily basis at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. When playing the California Daily 3, you need to realise that each number is independent, so, if the winning numbers are 4-2-5, you must have a 4, a 2, and a 5. You will only win if all your selected numbers match all of the numbers drawn.
California Daily 4
The Daily 4 game is a product of the California Lottery which offers you a great opportunity of winning. In order to play the Daily 4, you must try to match all your 4 selected numbers with the winning numbers from 0-9. You must remember that each number is independent of the other which means that you can have a selection with the same numbers like 1-2-2-4. There are 3 play styles you can use on this game namely Straight, Box and Straight/Box, you need to also remember that you can make the selections yourself or use the Quick Pick. The California Daily 4 has two daily draws namely California Daily 4 Midday and the California Daily 4 Evening, with the draws for the Daily 4 are conducted on a daily basis at 1:00pm and 6:30 p.m using an Automated Draw Machine.
The Daily Derby is a popular mock racing game which is part of the California offering. The Daily Derby features two chances to win with each play and a daily draw. Firstly, you need to choose three horses you feel will finish first, second and third from the 12 horses in participation. After that, you then need to Race Time, that is, the amount of time it will take your fastest horse to win. This Race Time must be between 1:40:00 and 1:49:99 (that is, one minute and forty seconds to one minute and forty-nine point nine, nine seconds). You pick the last three numbers – for example, if you select 1:45:99, then mark only the last three digits, 5:99, on your payslip. Please note that the selections can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. The game costs $2 per play and the game is drawn daily at 6:35pm.
Hot Spot is a quick-draw California game which offers punters with an opportunity to win after every 4 minutes. In order for you to play Hot Spots, you must pick from 1 to 10 Spots you want to play per draw, after deciding the spots you want to play, you must then select your numbers from 1 – 80 and you can either do the selection yourself or you can make use of the Quick Pick to play randomly generated numbers. The Advance Play option enables you to play up to 1-5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 consecutive draws on one playslip. You can increase your chances of winning an even bigger prize by using the Bulls-eye option. You must play Hot Spot and wager at least $2 to play Bulls-eye. In order to win, your Hot Spot wager must equal your Bulls-eye wager and you don’t need to choose a separate number for Bulls-eye. You can play from $1 to $5 or $10 and $20, plus any consecutive draws you choose and Hot Spot draws are conducted daily every four minutes from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM PT.
When are the draws conducted?
Drawing times for the California games are different as they are separate games altogether. Below are the draw dates and times for all the draws;
Game Draw Days Draw Times*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 7:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 8:00 PM
SuperLotto Plus Wednesday & Saturday 7:57 PM
Fantasy 5 Daily 6:30 PM
Daily 4 Daily 6:30 PM
Daily 3 Daily 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Daily Derby Daily 6:30 PM
Hot Spot Daily 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Who can bet on the California Lottery?
Please note that for you to bet on the California Lottery, you can only purchase the California Lottery tickets through authorized retailers and the tickets are not sold over the phone, by mail, or on the Internet.
How to claim your prize if you win?
You can collect your prize by following any of the two processes below:
Option 1: Visit a Lottery retailer
Just take your winning ticket to a Lottery retailer and the clerk will hand you cash on the spot.
Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form
Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and don’t forget to sign your winning ticket, too! Mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to:
California State Lottery
730 North 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811