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SuperLotto Plus is a California state lottery with two draws each week, at 7:45pm PST on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a cut-off for ticket sales just before each draw takes place. It costs $1 for a SuperLotto Plus ticket.

Players must pick five main draw numbers from 1-47 and a supplementary 'Mega' number from 1-27, with a jackpot for matching all six balls in total chosen during each draw, and lower prizes starting from matching just the Mega number.

For the most common SuperLotto Plus questions and their answers, make sure to check out the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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How to Play

To enter SuperLotto Plus, players need to choose five numbers 1-47 and one Mega number 1-27, although there are also Quick Pick entries where these numbers will be randomly generated for you. By marking the Advance Play box on a ticket entry slip, players can also choose to enter the same numbers into 2-8, 16 or 20 consecutive upcoming draws.

Why to Play

SuperLotto Plus is a classic lottery with reasonable odds of winning and a bonus ball - the Mega number - that adds extra low-end prizes and boosts high-end payouts. The jackpot may not be the biggest, but the odds of winning it are relatively good at just under 1 in 42 million, and overall the chances of winning a prize are good at around 1 in 23.

Thanks to the second separate ball set for the Mega number, this is one lottery where you can choose your 'lucky number', if you have one, rather than having the bonus ball chosen from whatever's left in the first ball set after the main draw selection.

Supplementary Games

While the Mega ball is drawn from a separate ball set, it is still part of the main SuperLotto Plus draw and boosts prizes rather than representing a completely separate game. However, the 2nd Chance raffle represents a genuinely separate way to win. In this game, for every $1 main draw ticket you buy, you will receive a 2nd Chance code.

Each week five codes will be chosen to win $15,000 each. It's worth noting that this is a separate weekly draw - unlike the main lottery, which is twice a week.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

Match the Mega ball and you'll get your ticket purchase price of $1 back, at odds better than 1 in 50. Match 1 and Mega, and you’ll win a fixed prize of $2.

There are better prizes for matching any number of the main draw balls alongside the Mega number, or for matching three or more main balls without the Mega number, and these are pari-mutuel, meaning their prize amounts depend on how many people are taking part.

SuperLotto Plus might not have the massive jackpots seen in larger, multi-state lotteries like Powerball, but it has generally good odds of winning a prize. The jackpot odds are below 1 in 42 million, which compares well with the bigger lotteries at hundreds of millions to one, and your overall odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 23, which again is not bad compared to other lotteries.

You're unlikely to win the 2nd Chance game, with only five winners chosen per week, but at least with it being a raffle format you know there will be a guaranteed five winners every week with no rollovers.

Match Prize (approx.) Odds
5 + Mega Jackpot ($7m+) 1 in 41,416,353
5 Pari-mutuel 1 in 1,592,937
4 + Mega Pari-mutuel 1 in 197,221
4 Pari-mutuel 1 in 7,585
3 + Mega Pari-mutuel 1 in 4,810
3 Pari-mutuel 1 in 185
2 + Mega Pari-mutuel 1 in 361
1 + Mega $2 1 in 74
Mega Only $1 1 in 49

Payment Options

SuperLotto Plus jackpots can be claimed as a lump sum or an annuity. The default option is to receive 30 annual payments, but once your prize has been verified you have up to 60 days to request a lump sum payout instead.

As is usually the case with annuity jackpots, the overall amount you receive over 30 years should be substantially higher than the cash lump sum option, as the lottery operators are able to invest the prize on your behalf to cover the rising cost of living in that time.

History

The first lottery tickets were sold in California in 1985, and in 1986 the state launched the California Super Lotto game, which in 2000 became SuperLotto Plus. The game has followed its current format of five balls from 1-47 and a separate Mega number from 1-27 ever since. Notable jackpot wins include a $193 million payout on February 16th 2002, which was shared by three winning tickets.

Where to Play

As a state lottery, SuperLotto Plus is played only in California, where there are more than 22,000 retailers ready to sell you a ticket. The lottery's operators also keep a note of 'lucky' retailers who sold an unusually large number of winning tickets in the past 12 months, for those players who want all the luck they can get.

Where the Money Goes

SuperLotto Plus money goes to four main places, including 5% to cover the administration and operating costs of the lottery itself. The other three routes include the player prizes and retailer commission, as well as a contribution towards the maintenance of California's public schools. Together, these three areas mean 95% of the lottery's proceeds are returned to the community via schools, retailers, and lottery winners' prizes.

FAQs

When does a ticket expire?

Tickets expire after 180 days from the draw date, after which time any prizes will be forfeited.

Where do forfeited prizes go?

All unclaimed prizes are added to the amount paid to California's public education system which, combined with player prizes and retailer commissions, means 95% of all revenues go back into the state's public economy one way or another.

Do I pay tax on my winnings?

If you win over $599, you may have to pay tax or offsets as required by US laws, but at the state and local level, California does not deduct income tax on lottery prizes.

What happens to my annuity if I die?

If you die while still owed any of your 30 jackpot annuity payments, the remainder can be paid across to your named beneficiary or into your estate. There may be inheritance tax to pay under the relevant laws, but the prize as a whole will not be lost.

Is Quick Pick better than choosing my own numbers?

Both methods are equally good. While some suggest that you’re more likely to have to share a prize won with Quick Pick numbers, they also potentially provide a more comprehensive coverage of the game’s number matrix because of their randomness.

The choice is entirely down to which option would provide you with the most enjoyment.

How old do I need to be to play California SuperLotto Plus?

Players must be 18 or over to take part in the California SuperLotto Plus game.

If you have a question that does not pertain to the SuperLotto Plus game, check out the main FAQs page for more information.