Oklahoma Lottery Ticket Guide
What to Know Before You Scratch Off or Pick Numbers
It was election day 2004, Nov. 2 to be exact, when Oklahomans overwhelmingly approved a state lottery. With proceeds earmarked for the state education system, the first scratch-off tickets went on sale in October of 2005, and shortly thereafter the Pick 3 followed. In January of 2006, Oklahoma began Powerball, a game with large jackpots that is played among a number of states. Another multi-state game, Mega Millions, was then added.
Before you scratch off the ticket or pick those numbers, it’s important to know your stuff. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Oklahoma Lottery with the types of games available, how to play them, the cost and odds of winning for each and the places to buy.
Types of Games
- Scratchers: Use a coin to scratch the card. There are more than 20 options at a variety of price points. The greater the cost, the higher the prize.
- Pick 3 / Cash 5 / Poker Pick: Simple number picking games. Numbers are available nightly.
- Powerball / Mega Millions / Hot Lotto: Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto are number picking games involving multiple states with large jackpots. Players select 5 numbers and a Powerball/Megaball/Hot ball number. Winning numbers are available Wednesday and Saturday at 10 p.m. for Powerball and Hot Lotto, Tuesday and Friday for Mega Millions.
Depending on the specific game, players are attempting to do one of a few different things:
- Match the card’s winning numbers
- Achieve the classic Tic-Tac-Toe formation
- Match identical prize amounts
- Or uncover a specific winning symbol
* Read card instructions carefully as there are often multiple ways to win.
Overall odds of winning are around 1 in 4.5 and slightly better for some games. Payouts generally correspond to price, and cards are available for $1, $2, $3 and $5. The $10 “Golden Ticket” scratcher pays as much as $100,000.
Pick 3 and Cash 5
The Pick 3 and Cash 5 cards have 5 columns. For Cash 5 games, you select 5 numbers (1-36 only). For Pick 3, you can play one or all five, depending on how much you want to spend, and decide between four play types:
: Numbers in exact order
Box: Numbers in any order
Front Pair: First 2 numbers in exact order
Back Pair: Last 2 numbers in exact order
For Pick 3, each column costs $1, and each type within that column costs $1. Odds for “front pair” and “back pair” type are 1:100 and pay $50. Odds for “box” type range from 3-6:1000 and pay $80 or $160. Odds for “straight” type are 1:1000 and pay top $500 prize.
Each Cash 5 play is $1. Five matches pays the $25,000 (tax-free) jackpot. Winners can also get a free ticket. Odds are 1:8 up to 1:376 thousand for the jackpot.
Powerball, Mega Millions & Hot Lotto
Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto are all similar, only with different terminology. Cards have 5 panels. You can play one or all five, depending on how much you want to spend. Pick 5 numbers and 1 special number. Players can pick numbers themselves or allow the computer to pick. A multiplier option costs extra but can multiply winnings by as much as 5 times.
Each Powerball play is $2 while Mega Millions and Hot Lotto are $1. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1:292 million.
Where to Buy
Convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores across the state sell scratch-off and other lottery tickets. Look for the Oklahoma Lottery logo in the window.
Curious to know if you won? See links below for the winning Oklahoma Lottery numbers, including Cash 5, Pick 3 and the multi-state games, Powerball and Hot Lotto.
In addition, there’s a searchable history of all winning lottery numbers for each of the above games. View the winners by date or search for specific numbers and see if you won for a previous drawing by looking online for the following:Before you buy your Oklahoma City lottery tickets, check out this breakdown of options and tips for scratchers, multi-state jackpot games, and more.
Est. Cash Value: $716.3 Million
Frequently Asked Questions
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The easiest way is right here on our website. The results of the most recent drawings appear on the home page. You can also get results from previous drawings. Results can also be obtained from any Texas Lottery retailer.
Check your ticket(s) upon receipt to ensure they are correct and are the ticket(s) you intended to purchase. Sign Your Ticket upon receipt.
State laws and regulations do not permit the sale of tickets by mail, phone, or Internet. Also, federal laws and regulations may restrict such sales. You must buy your tickets from a licensed retailer here in Texas.
The State Lottery Act prohibits purchase of tickets by credit or with Food Stamps. Retailers, at their own discretion, may accept a check for tickets. Retailers can accept a debit card for payment.
Draw Game (Lotto Texas, Mega Millions, Powerball, Cash Five, Pick 3, Daily 4, Texas Two Step and All or Nothing) winning tickets are valid for 180 days from the date of the drawing. Scratch tickets are valid for 180 days from the close date of the game set by the Texas Lottery.
For U.S. citizens, the Federal Government requires the Texas Lottery Commission to report the following lottery winnings to the IRS:
$600 or more in winnings when the payout is at least 300 times the amount of the per board wager,
The tax withholding rate is 24% for lottery winnings, less the wager, for prizes greater than $5,000.
An example of the calculation used to determine whether a prize winning exceeds the threshold for required withholding is detailed below:
Prize withholdings are calculated on the total amount of gross proceeds (the amount of winnings minus the amount wagered).
For example, if you purchase a $50.00 ticket that has a prize of $5,007.00, taxes would not be automatically withheld because the gross proceeds are less than $5,000, ($5,007.00 – $50.00 = $4,957.00).
However, for a $50.00 ticket with a prize of $5,100.00, taxes will be automatically withheld because the gross proceeds exceed $5,000, ($5,100.00 – $50.00 = $5,050.00).
Because the amount of taxes owed by an individual is different for each individual winner, the winner should consult a legal or financial tax expert to determine his or her tax liability.
Any individual who is not a citizen or resident of the United States is a nonresident alien individual. The tax withholding rate for a nonresident alien is 30 percent on prizes of $600 or more.
However; the IRS considers an alien individual meeting either the Green Card test or the Substantial Presence test for the calendar year, to be a resident alien for tax purposes. If considered to be a resident alien by the IRS for tax purposes, the Texas Lottery Commission will use the same reporting and withholding requirements as a U.S. citizen. For further information, see IRS Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
You may find the estimated cash value of the current estimated annuitized jackpot on the home page of our website.
Currently, the choice must be made at the time the ticket is purchased, and cannot be changed. This is a Texas Lottery policy established in response to IRS rulings that impact the way the jackpot is taxed.
All retailers are authorized, but not required, to pay prizes of $599 or less. Retailers are not required to keep cash on hand to pay all tickets. They have the option of paying by check or money order. If they choose to pay by money order, they may not charge the player any fee for the money order.
You may also take the ticket directly to the Texas Lottery Claim Center nearest you, Claim Center locations.
If you were unable to redeem your ticket, we invite you to call our Customer Service Hotline at 800-375-6886 and speak with a Communications Specialist. They can assist you with information on how to proceed.
You may also submit your ticket to the Texas Lottery Commission, Attn: Claim Center, PO Box 16600, Austin, Texas 78761-6600. Please include a detailed letter with as much information as possible (date, time, location of ticket purchase, any other retailer locations where you tried to redeem the ticket, etc.). We will research the ticket and contact you with our findings. The Texas Lottery Commission is not responsible for tickets lost or damaged in the mail.
In connection with each draw, 40.47 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 6-of-6 (jackpot) prize. The jackpot amount will be divided evenly among all jackpot winners. If there is no winner, the amount allocated for the jackpot prize will become part of the jackpot prize for the next draw. The jackpot prize will be the greater of the total allocations from Lotto Texas ticket sales or the amount advertised.
In connection with each draw, 2.23 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 5-of-6 (second) prize. The allocation will be divided evenly among all winners at that level. Prizes will be rounded to the nearest dollar. If winning ticket includes EXTRA then the second prize includes an additional $10,000. Any part of the second prize allocation for a drawing that is not paid in prizes will be carried forward and will become part of the second prize for the next drawing. In connection with each draw, 3.28 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 4-of-6 (third) prize. The allocation will be divided evenly among all winners at that level. Prizes will be rounded to the nearest dollar. If winning ticket included EXTRA then the third prize includes an additional $100. Any part of the third prize allocation for a drawing that is not paid in prizes will be carried forward and will become part of the third prize for the next drawing. The 3-of-6 (fourth) prize is $3, and 4.02 percent of Lotto Texas ticket sales is allocated for the fourth prize. If winning ticket included EXTRA then the fourth prize includes an additional $10. If winning ticket included EXTRA then the 2-of-6 prize is $2.
The Lotto Texas prize chart is listed below:
Yes, players may play as a group though only one individual or legal entity may claim a prize (see #17, below). Players who join together to purchase lottery tickets are encouraged to consider putting the groupвЂ™s agreement in writing before purchasing a ticket. Below is a list of suggestions players may want to consider before forming a lottery pool. Following these suggestions would not constitute the formation of a legal entity for the purposes of claiming a prize. There are other ways to set out and define a groupвЂ™s relationship and it is recommended that a group that purchases a ticket seek professional advice, including but not limited to legal and financial advice, before claiming a prize. These suggestions may not be appropriate for all circumstances and are not intended to replace the services of other professional advice that the group might seek. An agreement between a group of players might include the following: вЂў a statement that the group is joining together to purchase and own lottery tickets and share any resulting prizes; вЂў the names of all of the participants, including the amount each contributed and the total amount spent to purchase the tickets; вЂў a statement that a player is not considered a participant or a member of the group if they have not contributed money or signed the agreement; вЂў the name of the individual who is authorized and may act on behalf of the group and, if you wish, list any specific responsibilities and duties this individual may have if the group were to claim a prize; вЂў a statement on how prizes would be divided among the participants in the group, including a non-cash prize if awarded; вЂў a description of the tickets purchased including the drawing date(s) of the tickets, copies of the tickets, and/or list the ticket numbers.
No. The Texas Lottery Commission will pay only one claimant per ticket. A вЂњclaimantвЂќ can be an individual, a trust, a partnership, a corporation, or any other legal entity. The way in which you claim a prize cannot be changed after the ticket is validated and the prize is paid; therefore, careful consideration and professional advice, including but not limited to legal or financial advice, is recommended before the prize is claimed, especially for larger prizes or those prizes that are paid by installments. If you choose to claim the prize as a trust, partnership, or other legal entity, the legal documents that create the legal entity must be submitted for review to the Texas Lottery’s Legal Services Division before claiming your prize. This is required to ensure the documents comply with the State Lottery Act and the CommissionвЂ™s administrative rules. If you claim your prize as any entity other than an individual, a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is required.
The State Lottery Act allows a person to assign, in whole or in part, their right to receive lottery prize installment payments if the assignment is made to a person designated by an order of a district court of Travis County. There are further requirements regarding voluntary assignments in the State Lottery Act and the CommissionвЂ™s administrative rules, including review by the prizewinnerвЂ™s independent legal counsel.
By marking the appropriate box on your playslip, or by telling the clerk you want to use Quick Pick, the lottery terminal will automatically select numbers for you. The Quick Pick random number generator for our draw games has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked in one play, the random number process starts fresh for the next play. The fact that a number is picked in one play has no influence on the chances of it getting picked in following plays. Each set of numbers generated by the Quick Pick feature is unrelated to any other Quick Pick selection. This means that one or more numbers, or even the same set of numbers, can be chosen by the Quick Pick option on more than one play. If the random number generator was restricted to producing each set of numbers only once, the system would not be completely random.
It’s important to understand what happens when a Lotto Texas jackpot is won. If the jackpot winner has chosen 30 Annual Payments, Texas Lottery officials provide the Texas Treasury Operations Division of the State Comptroller’s Office with the jackpot amount. The Division submits a request for bids from previously approved investment firms. The contract is awarded to the investment firm that will provide the jackpot amount, paid over 30 years, at the lowest cost to the State. The Texas Lottery uses a portion of the sales for that drawing – plus any money rolled over, if there is any, from previous drawings – to buy the 30-year investment. According to the State Lottery Act, the funds must be invested in such a way as to ensure the payment of the prize. All interest earned on the investment is a part of the prize.
A similar process is followed if the jackpot winner has chosen Cash Value Option. Texas Lottery officials still provide the 30-year jackpot amount to the Treasury Operations Division, which still calls for competitive bids from previously approved investment firms. However, the investment is not actually purchased. Instead, the winner receives one lump-sum payment equal to the amount of money that would have been required to purchase the 30-year investment. This is called the “net present value” of the jackpot. The lump sum payout for a given estimated jackpot varies due to changing interest rates.
If you wish to obtain additional information about the investment process, you may contact an Investment Officer of the Texas Treasury Operations Division of the Comptroller’s Office at (512) 463-4000.
All Texas Lottery drawings are broadcast live by satellite to television stations across the state free of charge. Because we do not have contracts with the various stations, the use of this resource is solely at the media’s discretion. You may wish to contact your local television stations to encourage them to broadcast our drawings on a regular basis.
You may contact the Texas Lottery at 800-375-6886 during normal business hours (M-F 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Central Time) and select the Licensing option from the recorded menu. A Licensing Representative will be happy to provide you with information on the basic requirements for becoming a Texas Lottery retailer. A Licensing Representative would also be glad to mail you an Application For A Lottery Sales Agent’s License. The application will contain information on how having Texas Lottery tickets available in your retail location may benefit your business.
Certain eligibility requirements must be met.
Certain raffles are permitted under the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act. The Texas Lottery Commission does not enforce this act or regulate charitable raffles. For more information about charitable raffles, see the information on raffles at the Attorney General’s website.
Your Texas Lottery sales license renewal application is mailed to your business address 90 days prior to your license expiration date. If you did not receive your license renewal application or you cannot locate your license renewal application, please contact the Texas Lottery Retailer Services Department at 800-375-6886 to request a replacement copy. Your license renewal application can be sent to you by regular USPS mail, fax or by e-mail. Also, consider registering at our Lottery Service Portal where you can now renew your license(s) online.
Four (4) distinct tones play on lottery terminals to let players know the status of their winning and non-winning tickets. You may listen to samples of each unique tone on the Texas Lottery website. Each time a ticket is scanned for inquiry or validation a distinct tone will identify one of the following results:
1) Prize winning tickets under $600 and free tickets.
2) Prize winning tickets of $600 and higher and non-cash prizes. These prizes can only be paid at a Texas Lottery claim center.
3) Non-winning tickets.
4) Retailer cannot validate (variety of reasons such as inactive pack, expired ticket, previously paid, etc.)
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