NY Lotto Game

NY Lotto

Latest Result

16 Oct 2021
14 15 17 33 37 49
Bonus 39
$5.7 Million 27x Rollover

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

Cost per NY Lotto ticket

Local $1
Online $1.50+

*$1 per Play It Again ticket

*Players buying through third-party retailers pay more to cover administration fees.

Draw Days Wed and Sat
Draw Time 11:21pm EST
Sales Stop 11pm EST

Jackpot Size

Starting $2 Million
Maximum Uncapped
*Supplementary Games

Play It Again

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.

Overall Odds 1 in 46.02
Ways to Win 5
Jackpot Odds 1 in 22,528,737

How To Play At A Glance

Important Info

Legal age to play

18+

Prize Claim Period

365Days

Prize Tax Requirements

Yes

Country of Origin

United States of America

Operator

New York State Gaming Commission

Can Winners Remain Anonymous?

No

Can Syndicates Play?

Yes

Advance Draws

Up to 26 Draws

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How To Play NY Lotto

Main Draw

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.

Cost

For $1, you get to play two lines of numbers. You can play up to ten lines per ticket.

Draws

Mark on your ticket whether you want to enter the Wednesday or Saturday draw, or both.

Multiple Draws

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:

Match Prize Odds
(2 lines)
Odds
(2 lines)
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

How to Play Play It Again

For an additional $1, you can play with a copy of one of your previous tickets from the past 30 days.

Simply hand your ticket to the retailer and they will process it for you.

Play It Again may not be available to those playing online through third-party retailers.

Prizes and Odds for Play It Again

The prizes and odds for Play it Again are the same as those for the main New York Lotto draw.

Payment Options

"Prizes are paid out as a lump sum"

The New York Lotto jackpot can be claimed as an annuity consisting of 26 payments over 25 years, or as a reduced cash lump sum.

Players who wish to take their prize as a one-off cash payment must come forward to claim their jackpot prize within 60 days of the draw or it will default to the annuity option.

How you claim your prize will change depending on whether you play through an official retailer or online with a third-party retailer.

Official retailer

Prizes up to $600 can be claimed from any official New York Lottery retailer as well as the Lottery’s customer service centres throughout the state.

If your prize is $601 or more, you must claim your winnings from one of the Lottery’s customer service centres.

You will be required to complete a claim form and also present your winning ticket. If you don’t have the original ticket, you can’t claim your prize.

Online third party

If you win and have purchased your ticket through a third-party retailer, we recommend you contact their customer support for further information on how to claim your prize.

NY Lotto History

  • November 1978

    • The New York Lotto is launched, with draws taking place on Saturdays.
  • October 1983

    • The addition of a Wednesday draw takes the number of draws to two per week.
  • April 2013

    • The starting jackpot is reduced from $3 million to $2 million.

FAQs

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.