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.
To learn more about the various draw game prize payouts, visit our game pages:
Q. Where can I find the Cash5 Kicker number?
The Cash5 game has only 5 winning numbers drawn. Every Cash5 ticket, however, has 6 numbers. So, where do you find the Cash5 Kicker number on the lottery's website? You don't—because the Kicker number is only on your ticket. Here's an explanation:
The last number in the far-right position on your ticket is your ticket's Kicker number. When an additional $.50 is paid at the time of purchase, your Kicker number becomes Active (Y) and can be used to try and match one of the 5 winning numbers drawn. If the Kicker number on your ticket is Not Active (N), it can't be used to match and win. Here's an example:
The winning Cash5 numbers drawn: 05-12-14-16-30
Your Cash5 numbers on your ticket: 05-12-14-16-35 K: 30 Y
Because your Kicker number "30" is activated on your ticket, you can use it for a 4 number + Kicker match prize.
If you did not activate your Kicker number, your prize would be for a 4 number match only.
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, Lucky Links, 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 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 purchase a Lottery ticket subscription?
A. The CT Lottery 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?
Day & Play4 Day drawings are conducted at
1:57pm. Wagering is closed at 1:45pm and reopened at
Night, Play 4 Night and Cash5 drawings are conducted at
10:29pm. Wagering is closed at 10:20pm and reopened at
- Lucky Links™ Day drawings are conducted at 1:45pm. Wagering is closed at 1:40pm and reopened at 2:01pm.
- Lucky Links™ Night drawings are conducted at 10:17pm. Wagering is closed at 10:15pm 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
10:38pm. On drawing nights, wagering is closed at 9:30pm and
reopened at 10:46pm.
drawings are conducted at 10:59pm. On drawing nights,
wagering is closed at 9:50pm and reopened the next
are conducted at 11:00pm. On drawing nights, wagering is
closed at 10:45pm and reopened the next morning.
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 lottery 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. 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.
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.
- 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.
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. 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