CT Lottery Official Web Site - FAQ

 
Do you have a question about the CT Lottery? Based on your feedback and our experience, we have developed a list of our most “Frequently Asked Questions.”

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BUYING AND CASHING TICKETS
Q. How can I locate a Lottery Retailer?
Q. How much did I win?
A. When you use the "Ticket Checker" scanner at our retailer locations, you will know IMMEDIATELY if your ticket is a winner...and how much you won!

CONVENIENT to use:

  • Ticket Checker scanners are located within 6 feet of your Retailer’s Lottery terminal. If you do not see it, ask your retailer to show it to you. 

EASY to operate:

  • Scratch the “Scratch-2-Cash” symbol on your scratch tickets, then insert the bar code into the scanner. Scratch games numbered 1001 and up use Scratch-2-Cash technology.

  • Insert the bar code on the bottom of your draw game ticket into the scanner. All draw games are compatible with the Ticket Checker.

 

Q. Can I buy tickets with a credit card or debit card?
A. Lottery tickets cannot be paid for with a credit card or on credit. Tickets can be paid for in cash (paper currency and coin), certified bank checks, traveler's checks, money orders, prepaid gift cards, prepaid gas cards and debit cards*. The definition of a debit card must meet the following two criteria:

1. The cardholder must use a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the bank account
2. Use of the card must initiate an immediate on-line deduction from the bank account.

*Please note that some retailers may have a specific store policy in place that prevents the use of a Debit card to purchase lottery tickets.
Q. Can I buy lottery tickets by mail or on the Internet?
A.  No.  Lottery tickets cannot be purchased by mail or on the internet.  Connecticut lottery tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery sales agent in Connecticut.  There are a number of web sites (privately owned) that offer lottery tickets for sale.  The CT Lottery does not endorse or encourage the use of these sites.
Q. What happens to a winner's prize payments after death?
A.  In the event of a winner's death, the Lottery pays any remaining payments to the winner's estate in accordance with applicable Probate Court orders.  The Lottery does NOT keep the money; the State of Connecticut does not take it.  Consult with your legal counsel for more information.
Q. When do prize winning tickets expire?
A. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Cash5, Lucky for Life, 5 Card Cash, Super Draw, Play3 and Play4 game prizes expire 180 calendar days from the drawing date. All prizes must be claimed within 180 calendar days of drawing date.

Scratch Game prizes expire 180 calendar days from the announced "End of Game" date for games numbered 1001 and up. A Scratch Game ticket's expiration date is listed on each active game page under “Last Day To Redeem.” All prizes must be claimed by that date. To locate a ticket’s expiration date, please click here.

Please note: Once a winning Scratch Game ticket expires it is no longer valid for claim, and will no longer appear among the games listed on this website.
Q. Can I purchase a Lottery ticket subscription?
A. The CLC does not currently offer subscriptions.  We do, however, offer an Advance Action feature to players wishing to buy multiple drawings at one time.
Q. What time do the Lottery Terminals close for ticket sales?
A.
  • Play3 Day & Play4 Day drawings are conducted at 1:57pm.  Wagering is closed at 1:45pm and reopened at 2:01pm. 
  • Play3 Night, Play 4 Night and Cash5 drawings are conducted at 10:29pm.  Wagering is closed at 10:20pm and reopened at 10:45pm.
  • 5 Card Cash drawings are conducted at 1:59pm.  Wagering is closed at 1:45pm and reopened at 2:01pm.
  • Lotto and Lucky for Life drawings are conducted at 10:38.  On drawing nights, wagering is closed at 10:20pm and reopened at 10:46pm.
  • Powerball drawings are conducted at 10:59pm.  On drawing nights, wagering is closed at 9:50pm and reopened the next morning.
  • Mega Millions® drawings are conducted at 11:00pm.  On drawing nights, wagering is closed at 10:45pm and reopened the next morning.
Q. What is the difference between the Annuity Option and the Cash Lump Sum payout?
A. Powerball, Mega Millions or Lotto jackpot winners have 60-days from the time the winning ticket is presented to Lottery officials to decide how they want to collect their prize, either as an Annuity or Cash Lump Sum payout. If a choice is not made within those 60-days, the prize will automatically be paid as an Annuity payout option.
  • Cash Lump Sum pays out the prize money all at once.

  • Powerball Graduated Annuity pays out the jackpot prize money in 30 graduated  annual installments.

  • Mega Millions Annuity pays out the jackpot prize money in 30 graduated  annual installments.

  • Lotto Annuity pays out the jackpot prize in 21 installments, over 20 years.
Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto jackpot prizes are pari-mutuel. If there's only one jackpot winning ticket sold, that ticket holder will receive the entire first prize pool. If there are several winning jackpot tickets, each holder will share in the first prize pool.

Please be sure to sign the back of your lottery ticket as soon as you purchase it to establish ownership. If you believe that you have a winning jackpot ticket, please contact the CT Lottery Claims department for more detailed information at (860) 713-2680.
Q. Can I purchase tickets for drawings in advance?
A. Select the Advance Action feature for Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto, Cash5 and Lucky for Life® and you can buy up to 26 consecutive draws in advance! Just mark the Advance Action box on your play slip. Buy 26 Advance Action draws for the price of 25!

You can either select your own numbers or have the computer randomly select your numbers for you. Advance Action is NOT a subscription plan. Players are responsible for checking their own tickets.

If you have an Advance Action ticket and have a winning match prior to the end date of the game play, you can take your ticket to any CT Lottery Retailer for redemption. The retailer will cash your ticket and give you an EXCHANGE TICKET for any remaining plays. Or, you can wait until all of the consecutive drawings have been held to claim your cumulative prize amount.
Q. Where was the winning jackpot ticket sold?
A. For security reasons, the CT Lottery does not disclose where winning Lotto jackpot tickets are sold until after the ticket holder has made a claim.

The location where either a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot ticket is sold within Connecticut may be announced by the Lottery.
Q. I have a Retailer complaint. What should I do?
First, try to offer comments or criticisms directly to the Lottery Retailer. However, if you would like to contact us directly by E-mail, please include the following in your message:
  • The Lottery Retailer's business name, street address and town
  • Specifics regarding the event, day and time of event, the name of the clerk, manager or owner
ODDS OF WINNING
Q. Powerball: What are the odds of matching only the red Powerball number?
A. While it may appear that the odds of matching the Powerball number should be 1 in 35 (as there are only 35 numbers possible to match), that is not the case. The odds of matching ONLY the Powerball number is a combination of two probabilities:

1. Not matching any white ball numbers, and,
2. Matching only the Powerball. When the math equations for both those probabilities are completed, the odds for matching the Powerball number are 1 in 55.
Q. Mega Millions: What are the odds of matching only the "Mega Ball" in Mega Millions®?
A. While it may appear that the odds of matching the Mega Ball should be 1 in 15 (as there are only 15 numbers possible to match), that is not the case. The odds of matching ONLY the Mega Ball number is a combination of two probabilities:

1. Not matching any white ball numbers, and,
2. Matching only the Mega Ball. When the math equations for both those probabilities are completed, the odds for matching the Mega Ball are 1 in 21.
 
Q: Lucky for Life: What are the odds of matching the "Lucky Ball" in Lucky for Life®?
A. While it may appear that the odds of matching the "Lucky Ball" number should be 1 in 43 (as there are only 43 numbers possible to match), that is not the case. The odds of matching ONLY the "Lucky Ball" number is a combination of two probabilities:

1. Not matching any white ball numbers, and,
2. Matching only the "Lucky Ball."  When the math equations for both those probabilities are completed, the odds for matching the "Lucky Ball" number are 1 in 82.
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SITE
Q. What browser(s) should I use to view this site?
A: The ctlottery.org is viewable in any browser, but for the best experience we suggest these:
Q. Why do I need to enable JavaScript to view this site?
A: Java Script is a client-side (run on your browser) scripting language that provides a means to manipulate content provided to your browser.  This site uses JavaScript to provide the optimal browsing experience to visitors.  A good portion of our site functionality is dependent on JavaScript being enabled.
Q: How do I view Flash content?
A:
  • Flash content will automatically play as long as  you have the Adobe Flash Player installed properly.
  • You can get the plug-in from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • The latest release of Macromedia's Flash is version 10.0. This site is developed so versions 8.0 and 9.0 will work properly.
Q: What is PDF?
A:
  • Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics and color of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it (from adobe.com).
  • When users click on a link to a PDF document, if the plug-in is installed properly, it will show the document.
  • You can get the latest Reader from www.adobe.com.
Q: Why does a new browser window open when I click on some links?
A: This feature allows users to view related content without being taken away from the CT Lottery site completely.
Q. Why do I need to clear my cache?
A. Your internet browser's 'cache' stores certain information (snapshots) of webpages you visit on your computer or mobile device so that they'll load more quickly upon future visits. Occasionally, however your cache can prevent you from seeing updated content, or cause functional problems when stored content conflicts with live content. You can fix many browser problems simply by clearing your cache.
Q: What are cookies?
A:  A cookie is a small piece of text stored on a user's computer by a web browser.  The CT Lottery site employs cookies on some pages to permit visitors to optionally retain information.  See our Privacy Policy for more information.
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