NY Lotto Game
Latest Result16 Oct 2021
Current Jackpot$5.7 Million
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In a Word
The New York Lotto launched in November 1978, and with its favourable odds and uncapped jackpots, it is one of the most popular lottery games in North America. It’s cheap to enter and easy to play, and with two draws per week, it offers plenty of bang for your buck.
Vital NY Lotto Information
*$1 per Play It Again ticket
*Players buying through third-party retailers pay more to cover administration fees.
Odds and Prizes
The New York Lotto offers a good range of prizes and favourable jackpot odds. You can find this information below, plus the overall odds of winning a prize.
How To Play At A Glance
Pick six numbers from 1-59
Pick one Bonus number from the remaining 1-59 numbers
Match all six numbers to win the jackpot
Match just three numbers to win a prize
If available, for an extra $1, you can play Play It Again
Legal age to play
If you play the New York Lotto online through a third-party retailer, you will still have to be 18+.
Prize Claim Period
Prize Tax Requirements
In New York, prizes over $5,000 are subject to a 25% Federal tax plus an 8.82% state income tax. If you are playing online from another country, your prize may also be subject to local tax laws.
Country of Origin
Can Winners Remain Anonymous?
If you have purchased your New York Lotto ticket through a third-party retailer, you will still be required to go public if you win big.
Can Syndicates Play?
Up to 26 Draws
Likes and Dislikes
… You are looking to turn $1 into $1 million or more. The odds of winning the New York Lotto jackpot are among the most favourable in North America, and with two draws per week, there is plenty of chance to try your luck.
How To Play NY Lotto
Choose five numbers from a ball set of 1-59, Choose a Bonus number from that same ball set of 1-59.
Choose your Numbers
Pick the numbers yourself or use the Quick Pick option to have them generated for you.
For $1, you get to play two lines of numbers. You can play up to ten lines per ticket.
Mark on your ticket whether you want to enter the Wednesday or Saturday draw, or both.
You can play up to 26 draws in advance. Those playing online with third-party retailers can often play several months in advance.
Prizes and Odds of Winning
The table below highlights the New York Lotto’s odds of winning (for one or two lines) and the estimated prize percentage for each tier:
|6||75%||1 in 45,057,474||1 in 22,528,737|
|5 +1||7.25%||1 in 7,509,579||1 in 3,754789.50|
|5||5.50%||1 in 144,414.98||1 in 72,207.49|
|4||6.25%||1 in 2,179.85||1 in 1,089.92|
|3||6%||1 in 96.17||1 in 48.08|
NY Lotto History
- The New York Lotto is launched, with draws taking place on Saturdays.
- The addition of a Wednesday draw takes the number of draws to two per week.
- The starting jackpot is reduced from $3 million to $2 million.
- Who operates the New York Lotto and when do draws take place?
New York Lotto is operated by the New York State Gaming Commission. Draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:21pm EST.
- How much does a Lotto ticket cost?
Just $1, and for that you get to play two lines of numbers.
- How much does a Lotto ticket cost online?
You can’t purchase tickets online through the official New York Lotto website. Players can play online through a third-party retailer, but often pay more for their ticket to cover administration fees. Ticket prices will vary but expect to pay around $1.50+.
Third-party retailers usually require you to play a specific number of lines to place an order.
- Can I play Play It Again online?
There is no guarantee that supplementary games such as Play It Again will be available to those purchasing tickets through online third-party retailers.
- How old do I have to be to play the Lotto?
18. This age requirement also applies to those playing through third-party retailers.
- Can I play the New York Lotto in advance?
You can purchase tickets for two, three, four, five, 10 or 26 consecutive draws.
Those playing online via a third-party retailer can usually purchase tickets up to several months in advance.
- Is the New York Lotto easy to play?
Yes, it is one of the most straightforward lottery games in world. Simply pick six numbers from 1-59, and a Bonus Ball from the remaining numbers.
The amount you win depends on how many numbers you match.
- What does the Bonus Ball do?
It allows players who match five winning numbers plus the Bonus Ball to increase their prize from 5.50% to 7.25% of the total fund.
- How many numbers do I need to match to win a prize?
Just three numbers. The odds of doing this are 1 in 48.08.
- What are the odds of winning the jackpot?
1 in 22,528,737.
- What are the overall odds of winning a prize?
1 in 46.02.
- Do residents pay tax on winnings?
Yes. Prizes over $5,000 are subject to a 25% Federal tax and a state income tax of 8.82%.
- Do non-residents pay tax on winnings?
If you play the game from another country and win over $5,000, your prize will still be subject to the 25% Federal tax and the 8.82% state income tax. You may also have to pay tax in your country of residence.
We always recommend speaking with a trusted financial adviser in the event of a big win.
- Can a syndicate play the New York Lotto and win?
A group of friends, work colleagues or family can form a syndicate and share any winnings. The ticket must still be purchased by an individual, so it is recommended you draft a syndicate agreement, which is signed and retained by each member.
Having an agreement in place will make it much easier in the event your syndicate is lucky enough to win a big prize.
- Can New York Lotto winners remain anonymous?
No. Jackpot winners are required to go public with their win. New York Lottery says prizes are public funds and that it owes it to all players to disclose winners.
Those playing through third-party retailers must also go public with their win.
- How long do I have to claim my prize?
365 days from the date of the draw.
Jackpot winners wishing to take their prize as a one-off lump sum have 60 days to come forward before it defaults to the annuity option.