As one of the biggest lotteries in the US, the California Lottery grows from strength to strength every year with new games, higher stakes and bigger jackpots.
The Big Games
Most serious lottery players are aware of the Mega Millions and Powerball, but California has its own state lottery called Super Lotto Plus and it can reach jackpots of over $20 million every Wednesday and Saturday. Some big wins include a Sacramento local’s jackpot win of $87 million. Think this is the game for you, then all you need to do is pick 5 numbers between 1 and 47, as well as a bonus number between 1 and 27.
The Daily Derby
This fast paced game gives you the chance to bet on the horses while still playing a lottery game. It’s simpler than it may seem, as all you have to do is select 3 numbers that will be used as a race time. Randomly selected, the numbers drawn will need to match yours for an instant win. Lucky winners can take home up to $71 000 in this daily game.
Though the California Lottery has less Scratchers than other lotteries, the games that they do have, have some big jackpots. The $25 000 Taxes Paid game is a unique scratch card whereby players can win the full amount advertised while the taxes are taken care of by the lottery itself.
With games that include crossword puzzles and card games, these brightly colored scratchers are fun as much as they are instant.
If at first you don’t succeed, just try again – and this is exactly what 2nd chance offers. If you have bought a lottery, scratch card or Fantasy 5 ticket and you won absolutely nothing, think before you just throw it away. Some of the games tickets will have a 2nd chance logo on them, giving you the opportunity to enter into another weekly draw. Some lucky players have taken home a surprise $25 000 in this draw and you could be next.
Do you want to play the lottery often, with better odds and more opportunities to clinch the money? Then you should start your own lottery pool and become a Jackpot Captain. Successfully running a lottery pool has many benefits and the California Lottery supports those who lead the group to victory. This fun role can see you walking away with thousands of dollars, sharing the wins and triumphs with the rest of the group.
How to claim your winnings
The California lottery has simple rules for claiming your winnings. If you have won less than $600, you can claim the money at any lottery kiosk, while international players will receive their payouts in their concierge accounts. This can then be drawn immediately or kept for future lottery games.
If you have won more than that amount, you will need to visit a lottery district to claim your money. International players will need to contact the lottery, but all claims must be made within 180 days of the draw. There are different rules for claiming scratch-offs wins as this must be made within 60 days.
Whether you are playing from overseas or you are a local, you will need to pay federal and state taxes.