Lottery Games And Promotions
Can I purchase Florida Lottery tickets over the Internet? Do you have a subscription service?
No. The Florida Lottery does not offer the sale of Lottery tickets by mail, fax, or via the Internet, nor do we currently offer a subscription service. Tickets must be purchased from any of the more than 13,000 authorized Florida Lottery retailers in the state of Florida. Find an authorized Florida Lottery retailer.
When does a FLORIDA LOTTO ticket matching two numbers not receive a free ticket prize?
Adding the XTRA feature to your FLORIDA LOTTO ticket costs an additional $1, and matching 2 of 6 numbers would constitute a free ticket. Such a ticket will have XTRA: YES posted slightly above the draw date and ticket cost. Therefore, if you have matched 2 of 6 numbers, but within the lower portion of your tickets, it reads XTRA: NO, your ticket is not a winner. Visit the LOTTO section of the website for an in-depth explanation about the FLORIDA LOTTO with XTRA feature.
I have a POWERBALL, MEGA MILLIONS or CASH4LIFE ticket from another state. Can I cash it in Florida since this is a multi-state game?
Can I buy Advance Play tickets for future drawings?
Yes, players can purchase Advance Play tickets from any authorized Florida Lottery retailer. Visit the Advance Play section for more details regarding Advance Play, and the number of Advance Play draws available per game.
How late can I purchase my Draw game tickets? What are the cut-off times?
All Florida Lottery Draw game tickets must be purchased prior to the applicable draw times as follows:
|Draw Game||Draw Days/Times||Cut-Off Times|
|FLORIDA LOTTO®||Wed. and Sat., 11:15 p.m. ET||Wed. and Sat., 10:40 p.m. ET|
|MEGA MILLIONS®||Tues. and Fri., 11:00 p.m. ET||Tues. and Fri., 10:00 p.m. ET|
|POWERBALL®||Wed. and Sat., 10:59 p.m. ET||Wed. and Sat., 10:00 p.m. ET|
|LUCKY MONEY™||Tues. and Fri., 11:15 p.m. ET||Tues. and Fri., 10:40 p.m. ET|
|CASH4LIFE®||Mon. and Thur., 9:00 p.m. ET||Mon. and Thur., 8:30 p.m. ET|
|FANTASY 5™||Daily, 11:15 p.m. ET||Daily, 10:40 p.m. ET|
|PICK 2™||Twice Daily,
1:30 p.m. ET and 9:45 p.m. ET
|13 minutes prior to the drawing,
1:17 p.m. ET and 9:32 p.m. ET
|PICK 3™||Twice Daily,
1:30 p.m. ET and 9:45 p.m. ET
|11 minutes prior to the drawing,
1:19 p.m. ET and 9:34 p.m. ET
|PICK 4™||Twice Daily,
1:30 p.m. ET and 9:45 p.m. ET
|10 minutes prior to the drawing,
1:20 p.m. ET and 9:35 p.m. ET
|PICK 5™||Twice Daily,
1:30 p.m. ET and 9:45 p.m. ET
|12 minutes prior to the drawing,
1:18 p.m. ET and 9:33 p.m. ET
Tickets purchased after the applicable cut-off times will be for the next available drawing.
Where are Florida Lottery Draw game drawings held and can the public attend the drawings?
Drawings for POWERBALL®, FLORIDA LOTTO®, LUCKY MONEY™, FANTASY 5™, PICK 2™, PICK 3™, PICK 4™, and PICK 5™ are held at the Florida Lottery draw studio, located at 250 Marriott Drive in Tallahassee. These drawings are open to the public. For more information or to schedule your attendance, please contact the Florida Lottery’s Customer Service Division, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at (850) 487-7787. A photo ID is required for access to the Florida Lottery building.
MEGA MILLIONS® drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.
CASH4LIFE drawings are held at New Jersey Lottery headquarters studio in Trenton, New Jersey.
You can watch the drawing live and past drawings on www.livestream.com/CASH4LIFE.
The official Florida Lottery drawings may also be viewed at youtube.com/FloridaLottery
Where can I find more information on Florida Lottery games and where top-prize winning tickets were sold?
Lists of top prize and jackpot winning numbers, including the location where winning tickets were sold, are available on the Lottery’s website. On the top of the homepage, select the ABOUT US link, and choose REPORTS from the left navigation. On this page, under each game’s heading, there is a list of reports or documents.
This type of information may also be available on our MEDIA page. Current News Releases are available, which include information about Lottery winners, games, promotions and special events, among other general announcements. In addition, you may search the Lottery News Archives for past News Releases. Scroll down the page, and under LOTTERY NEWS ARCHIVE SEARCH you may search by Release Date or by Keyword or Phrase.
Second Chance Drawings and Promotions
Where do I enter my non-winning tickets into a Second Chance drawing? Can I participate by mailing my non-winning tickets to the Lottery?
To navigate to the Second Chance drawing portion of our website, from the home page, please select the PLAYtab, and choose Second Chance from the drop-down menu. From this page, all current Second Chance promotions are listed to the right of the Welcome message. Use the navigation bar to scroll down the list of promotions and choose the appropriate promotion. If this is your first time entering one of our Second Chance promotions, you must register before you can log in and submit entries. To register, visit the Second Chancewebsite to complete and submit your registration information.
Please note: Internet entries are not eligible to be mailed into Florida Lottery Second Chance drawings. Entries that are submitted through the mail will be disqualified.
I'm having difficulty trying to register. What can I do?
To register a new account on the Second Chance website, select the Second Chance link on the main menu bar at the top of this page. After the page loads, click the “Register now” text link at the top right of the page. Fill out the required fields in the registration form and click SUBMIT.
After successfully submitting the form, you will be redirected to the LOG IN screen. Log in with the email address and password that you created in the registration process.
My password is not being accepted when I try to log in. What if I forgot my password?
Please note: You must complete the registration process before you can log in and submit entries. If this is your first time submitting entries, complete and submit your registration information. Once registered, if you have difficulty entering your password, check to see if your CAPS LOCK key is on. Passwords are case sensitive. If this is not the case, it is possible that your computer is set to AUTO FILL from previously typed numbers in this field. Please delete all characters in the field before entering new information.
If you forgot your password, have your password emailed to you.
How do I update my personal information after I have registered?
You can update your account information at any time by logging in to your account; sign in with the email address and password that you registered with. Then, select My Account to access your account information. Make any necessary changes on your information page, then click on the SUBMIT button to save your changes.
When I try to enter my ticket number in a Scratch-Off second chance promotion, I get a message that the ticket number is not valid. What should I do?
First, make sure the ticket you are holding is not a winning Scratch-Off ticket. Next, check that the numbers you are entering exactly match what’s on your ticket. Do NOT include any dashes (-), spaces or other characters. Finally, if you’ve verified these steps and you believe that it is a non-winning ticket for an active Scratch-Off second chance promotion, contact the Lottery’s Customer Service Division at (850) 487-7787.
When I try to enter my voucher number in a second chance promotion, I get a message that the voucher number is not valid. What should I do?
First, make sure that you correctly entered the first 13 digits of your 19-digit voucher serial number, and not the Draw game ticket serial number. Do NOT include any dashes (-), spaces or other characters. Secondly, you must wait at least ONE HOUR after purchase to enter vouchers in a drawing. Players entering a voucher within one hour of purchase will be directed to return at a later date to enter their voucher in the drawing. Finally, if you’ve verified these steps and you believe that it is a valid voucher for an active second chance promotion, contact the Lottery’s Customer Service Division at (850) 487-7787.
Can I enter a second chance promotion more than one time?
How can I be sure that my entry was successfully submitted? Can I verify which tickets or vouchers I have entered?
Can I delete an entry?
May I throw away my tickets/vouchers after I have entered in a second chance promotion?
How do I find out if I am a second chance winner?
Lottery Winners, Prizes and Taxes
Where do I go to claim my Lottery prize?
Prizes of $599.99 or less may be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes from $600 to $250,000, and POWERBALL® and MEGA MILLIONS® prizes of up to $1 million, may be redeemed at a Lottery district office. Prizes of $250,000 or more, with the exception of POWERBALL and MEGA MILLIONS prizes ranging up to $1 million, must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Lottery tickets may also be mailed to Lottery Headquarters for redemption; however, the risk of mailing tickets remains with the player.
A Winner Claim Form will need to be completed for prizes of $600 or more. These may be obtained from any Florida Lottery retailer, district office or on this website. Visit the How to Claim section for more information on how to claim a prize. Find a Lottery retailer near you. Visit the Lottery Offices section for the phone number, address and hours of operation of Lottery offices throughout the state.
How can I claim my Lottery prize when I live out-of-state?
To claim Florida Lottery prizes from out of state, you may fill out the back of your ticket and mail it, along with the required documentation*, to the following address:
250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32399-9939
The Lottery’s Claims Processing Division will process your ticket and mail you a check for any applicable prize. Federal law prohibits the mailing of Lottery tickets across state lines. Winners redeeming free FLORIDA LOTTO® with XTRA tickets, free LUCKY MONEY tickets, free FANTASY 5 tickets, or free Scratch-Off tickets will receive a check for the retail value of their free ticket prize. Please note: The risk of mailing tickets remains with the player and will not be assumed by the Florida Lottery.
* A completed Winner Claim Form and a photocopy of the required identification are necessary to claim prizes of $600 or more. For more information, visit the How to Claim section of the website.
How long do I have to claim my Lottery prize? Will my ticket expire?
What percentage in taxes will the Lottery withhold from my prize?
How quickly can I receive my money when I claim my prize? Will I receive a check or will it be directly deposited in my bank account?
What is the difference between cash option and annual payment option for FLORIDA LOTTO® and LUCKY MONEY™?
The cash option is a one-time, lump-sum payment that jackpot winners may choose to receive instead of receiving their winnings in 30 annual payments for FLORIDA LOTTO®, and 25 annual payments for LUCKY MONEY™. Jackpot winners who want to receive a single cash payment must claim their prizes within the first 60 days after the draw date. Applicable federal income tax withholding will be deducted at the time payments are made for cash option and annual payments alike
The cash option amount is not based on a set percentage, but rather is the amount required on the day of the drawing to purchase securities to fund the announced guaranteed deferred payment value of the jackpot prize paid over 30 years or 25 years, depending on the game. For FLORIDA LOTTO, and LUCKY MONEY annual payment options, the Lottery will purchase U.S. treasury strips which will guarantee equal payments to the winner over a period of 30 years or 25 years, again depending on the game.
See FLORIDA LOTTO and LUCKY MONEY game rules for complete details.
What is the difference between the cash option and annual payment option for MEGA MILLIONS®, POWERBALL® and CASH4LIFE®?
The cash option is a one-time, lump-sum payment that jackpot winners may choose to receive instead of receiving their winnings in 30 annual payments for both MEGA MILLIONS® and POWERBALL® games. Jackpot winners who want to elect to receive a single cash payment must claim their prizes within the first 60 days after the draw date. Applicable Federal income tax withholding will be deducted at the time payments are made for single cash payments and annual payments alike.
For POWERBALL, if the jackpot prize is not a guaranteed amount, the cash option amount offered will be the cash amount available in the jackpot prize pool divided by the number of winners. The annual payment option prize will be paid in 30 graduated annual installments.
For MEGA MILLIONS, the cash option amount offered will be the jackpot prize annual payment option amount as determined by the Mega Millions lotteries, divided by a rate established by the Mega Millions Finance Committee prior to each drawing, divided by the total jackpot winning MEGA MILLIONS plays and Just the Jackpot plays. The annual payment option prize will be paid in 30 graduated annual installments.
For CASH4LIFE®, except as provided in the Official Game Rules, a CASH4LIFE top prize winner may choose to receive his or her portion of a top prize as an annual payment option or in a single cash payment. The top prize must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning draw to elect the cash option. The annual payment based prize value paid to a sole winner shall be $1,000 a day for life paid in annual installments of $365,000 based on measuring the life of the winner (no less than 20 years). The cash option amount paid to a sole winner of the top prize will be $7,000,000.
Applicable withholding taxes will be deducted at the time payments are made for single cash payments and annual payments alike.
See POWERBALL, MEGA MILLIONS and CASH4LIFE game rules for complete details.
What if someone wins a jackpot or top prize and dies before the annual installments are paid?
What happens to prizes that are not claimed?
Florida law requires that 80 percent of unclaimed prize funds from expired tickets be transferred directly to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The remaining 20 percent is returned to the prize pool from which future prizes are awarded or used for special prize promotions.
Should a POWERBALL® or MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot ticket not be claimed within the 180 days of the applicable draw date, the funds to pay the unclaimed jackpot will be returned to the lottery members in their proportion of sales for the jackpot rollover series.
Who can play and win Florida Lottery games?
Florida Lottery games can be played and won by adults 18 years of age or older, regardless of age, citizenship, race or financial status.
Can Lottery winners remain anonymous?
Lottery Operations and Education
What does the Florida Lottery do with the money from ticket sales?
Proceeds from every dollar spent on Florida Lottery tickets help provide educational funding for Florida’s school children. Whether it’s Bright Futures scholarships, better books, technology for schools, or bonds for school construction, the proceeds from Florida Lottery ticket sales are transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) and appropriated by the Florida Legislature.
We recognize that the Lottery has an important obligation to keep players informed about contributions to the state’s public education system. To this end, we openly produce and publicize reports and information each year to highlight our transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), our operations and financial position. Located on our website, the Florida Lottery’s most recent Annual Report is currently available under the ABOUT US tab in the REPORTS section, as well as additional detailed information located under the EDUCATION tab. The information contained in these tabs includes transfer amounts to the EETF, county-by-county break downs of Lottery funds and where they are going, in addition to a variety of other financial and operational details.