Florida is one of the most loved states in the US and the Florida Lottery is one of the reasons why people love this state. The Florida lottery is a lottery which is run by the government of the Florida state. What makes this lottery exciting is the availability of a wide range of on-line and scratch-off games available, giving punters several opportunities of winning daily. The Florida lottery was founded 32 years ago in 1988 and ever since the lottery was launched, more games are being added so that the lottery becomes better. One of the main reasons why this lottery was created was to help the state of Florida by giving part of the revenue to the state which will be used in various sectors of the Florida state. To date, over $35 billion has been allocated to education and more than 800,000 students have gone to college due to the lottery-funded Bright Futures Scholarship. Florida currently offers 10 terminal-generated games namely:
Jackpot Triple Play
The Florida lottery consists of a number of games which are different in nature and these games 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.
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.
Cash 4 Life
The USA Cash4Life is a very popular lottery which is operated by the New York Lottery in the United States of America. The lottery has been in existence for about 6 years now and their very first drawing was held in June 2014 and the lottery is available in nine states at the present moment namely; New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia and Florida . The game uses the format lottery 5/60+1/4 which includes both main balls and bonus balls. When playing this lottery, you have different options for claiming Cash for Life prizes and these vary according to states. Hitting the jackpot is not the only way of getting a prize from this lottery as there is a total of 9 prize categories altogether. In order for you to play the USA Cash4life 5/60, you need to select five numbers from 1 to 60 and select a Cash Ball number from 1 to 4. The selection can be done manually or through the use of the Quick Pick feature. For you to win the amazing jackpot prize, you have to match all five main numbers drawn as well as the Cash Ball. The cost of playing the USA Cash4life 5/60 is $2 per line. You can also add a Doubler for an additional $1 per play and this will double your non-“for Life” prizes.
Fantasy 5 is a draw game exclusive to the Florida Lottery which is played on a daily basis and the draws for Fantasy 5 are conducted at 11:15pm. The good thing about this game is that it is fairly affordable as you can play it for just a $1. Fantasy 5 features a single ball machine with balls numbered from 1 to 36 and when you are playing, you are supposed to match all the 5 numbers in any order to win the jackpot. The good thing is that you can still win even if you miss the jackpot prize because if you match as few as two numbers, you would still win. If the jackpot is not won, the jackpot rolls down into the prize fund for the lower tiers. You can also add the EZmatch option for the chance to win a cash prize instantly.
Florida Lotto is a popular draw game whose jackpots can rise above $20 million. The Florida lotto is drawn twice every week every Wednesday and Saturday and the draws are broadcast live at 11:15 p.m. ET. The lottery is a single set lottery which has a single ball machine with numbered balls ranging from 1 through 53 and all you need to do to win the jackpot is to choose six numbers from 1 to 53 and match them with the drawn ones. The XTRA! option increases the value of all prizes except the jackpot by up to five times. The Florida Jackpot starts at $1 million and rolls until there is a winner and a single ticket costs $1.
Jackpot Triple Play
Jackpot Triple Play has two draws which are drawn on Tuesdays and Fridaysand the draws are broadcast live at 11:15 p.m. ET. This exciting game came as a replacement to the Lucky Money. The game features a single ball machine with numbered balls ranging from 1 through 46. A Jackpot Triple Play ticket costs $1 which is quite affordable and when you are playing, you need to select 6 numbers and if you match the numbers, you will win the jackpot of up to $2,000,000.
Pick 2 is the Florida draw game with a top prize of $50 and drawings twice a day, seven days a week. Simply select your lucky numbers and play it your way any day – twice a day. Midday and evening drawings offer two chances to play. There are a variety of play styles so you can play your way: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, 1-OFF, Front Number or Back Number.
Pick 3 is a popular Florida game with a top prize of $500 with a Straight play, you can also boost your odds of winning with other playstyles like Box, Straight/Box, Combo, Pairs or 1-OFF. Pick 3 is drawn twice daily.
Pick 4 is the fast-paced Florida Lottery game which is drawn every day during a live broadcast immediately following the Pick 3. The top prize for the Pick 5 is $5,000 and is drawn twice every day. There’s a play style for everyone – if you’ve got your eyes on a bigger prize try Straight or Combo, or increase your chances of winning with Box, Straight/Box, 1-OFF or Pairs.
Pick 5 is a daily Florida game which was launched in 2016 which offers punters a chance to win a top prize of $50,000. The game has different play styles namely Straight, Box, Straight/Box or 1-OFF. When playing the Pick 5, you must select five numbers and if you manage to match the five numbers with the drawn ones, you will win the jackpot. is drawn every day during a live broadcast immediately following the Pick 4 drawings.
NB. There are other instant games offered by the Florida Lottery which include a variety of Fast Play and Scratch-Offs options. You can purchase tickets for these games at official Florida Lottery retailers and they cost between $1 and $25.
When are the draws conducted?
Drawing times for the Florida Lottery 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 10:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 11:00 PM
Cash4Life Daily 9:00 PM
Florida Lotto Wednesday & Saturday 11:15 PM
Fantasy 5 Daily 11:15 PM
Pick 2 Daily 1:30 PM & 9:45 PM
Pick 3 Daily 1:30 PM & 9:45 PM
Pick 4 Daily 1:30 PM & 9:45 PM
Pick 5 Daily 1:30 PM & 9:45 PM
Jackpot Triple Play Tuesday & Friday 11:15 PM
The good thing about this lottery is that international punters living outside the United States can buy the lottery tickets online.
How to claim your prize if you win?
In order to be safe when playing lotto, you need to sign your ticket in order to prevent someone else from claiming a prize on your Florida Lottery ticket if it is lost or stolen, or if someone tries to scratch out, white out or change your signature.
If you have a winning ticket, you can claim it at various offices depending on you winning amount.
Prizes of less than $600 should be claimed at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer.
Prizes of $600 – $250,000 can be mailed or submitted via secured drop box at your nearest Florida Lottery District Office.
Prizes above $250,000 can be mailed or submitted via secured drop box at Florida Lottery Headquarters;
Florida Lottery Headquarters
250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
When making a claim, the acceptable forms of identification include;
Acceptable forms of identification include:
An identification card or driver’s license issued by a public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses in Florida, a state other than Florida, a territory of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
A passport issued by the U.S. Department of State.
A passport issued by a foreign government for non-annual payment option prizes & prizes that do not require a notarized affidavit.
A passport issued by a foreign government stamped by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for annual payment option prizes or for prizes that require a notarized affidavit.
An identification card issued by any branch of the U.S. armed forces.
An identification card issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.