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New York Lotto is a 6/59 fixed-odds game that operates under the New York State Gaming Commission. New York Lotto offers plays multiple ways to earn big cash prizes and plays a vital role in supporting public education in the state of New York.

The original New York Lottery was established in 1967. It was the third modern draw game launched in the United States after Puerto Rico in 1934 and New Hampshire in 1964.

New York Lotto draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Each play costs US$ 1 and consists of 2 plays. It’s a pari-mutuel game which means if more than one person matches 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers, the jackpot is shared among all the winners.

The starting jackpot for New York Lotto is US$2 million and the minimum rollover is US$100 000. To win the New York Lotto jackpot, players must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers. To win the second prize, players must match 5 out of the 6 numbers plus the Bonus number.

Who owns New York Lotto?

New York Lotto is one of a few fixed-odds betting games operated by the New York Gaming Commission. New York Lottery was established in 2012 by Chapter 60 of the Laws of 2012.

The New York Gaming Commission is the governing body that oversees all casino gaming, pari-mutuel wagering, horse racing, promotional games, Class III Indian gaming and video lottery terminals in the state of New York.

The Commission is based in eastern New York in Schenectady. It was formed into a single state agency with the merger of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and the New York State Division of Lottery. The Commission falls under the jurisdiction of the New York State Executive Department.

The New York State Executive Department is a department of the New York state government. It serves as the administrative department of the Governor of New York.

Who benefits from New York Lotto 5/69?

New York Lotto offers multiple ways to win cash prizes, including the massive lottery jackpot. To date, New York Lotto has paid out over US$ 4.47 billion in cash prizes.

All profits generated from the sale of New York lottery tickets are donated to fund K-12 public education in New York State. To date, over US$68 billion has been contributed to the state education fund. In the fiscal 2019, US$ 3.37 was donated to support over 650 school districts in New York State.

K-12 education is the collective term for elementary and secondary education in the United States. The last four or three years of K-12 education is either known as High School or Senior High School. Scholars pass through 12 years of education in the United States and attendance of elementary school is compulsory.


It is possible to bet on New York Lotto in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can now buy tickets online for New York Lotto in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.

New York Lotto is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in participating states in America. You cannot buy a ticket for New York Lotto from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online and/or using the New York Lotto mobile app.

The easiest way to access New York Lotto in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.

Step-by-step guide to betting on New York Lotto in South Africa

Register and open an account with licensed online betting service in South Africa

Select New York Lotto from the list of lotteries available to play online

Pick your numbers manually or select the Quick Pick option for as many boards you want to play

Choose whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws

Select add-on features to increase your cash winnings

Confirm and pay for your online bet


New York Lotto is a 6/59 lottery that costs US$ 1 for 2 plays. The first play is the main draw and the second play is the Bonus Ball.

Players pick 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 59 numbers. To win the jackpot, players must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers. A Bonus Ball is drawn right after the main draw and increases the size of the prize for any player who matches 5 of the numbers from the main pool and the Bonus number.

New York Lotto with Lotto Extra

Lotto Extra is an add-on feature that was added to New York Lotto in 2007. For an extra US$ 1, you can play Lotto Extra with New York Lotto and stand the chance of winning instant cash prizes.

What is New York Lotto with Super Pack?

New York Lotto with Super Pack offers a player one Quick Pick game for each of New York's jackpot games. This includes US Powerball, MegaMillions and New York Lotto.

What to do at a lottery retail outlet

Find an authorised lottery retail outlet near you.

Choose your lucky numbers. You can manually pick your lucky numbers or use Quick Pick to randomly generate 6 numbers for you.

Fill out your betslip. Each betslip has 2 panels for 2 plays. You can play up to US$ 5 for 10 games on one betslip.

Choose add-on features that offer you a chance to win instant cash or participate in multiple draws with the same numbers.

Check your betslip is correct, hand it over to the cashier and pay for your ticket.

Sign the back of your ticket and then put it somewhere safe so you don’t lose it.

Check the official website for New York Lotto or watch the television broadcast to check if your lucky numbers have been drawn.

Claim any cash prize either from your closes lottery retail outlet if it isn’t a large amount or from an official New York Lottery claim centre is you’ve won the jackpot or a big cash prize.

What is Quick Pick?

Quick Pick is the easiest way to pick your 6 lucky lottery  numbers. When you mark the Quick Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.

The Quick Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.

Players generally opt to use Quick Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.

What is the New York Lotto Bonus number?

The Bonus number is the 7th number drawn on the night and determines the second-prize winner.

To win the second prize betting on New York Lotto, a player must match 5 of the 6 drawn numbers plus the Bonus number.

How to win the New York Lotto jackpot

To win the New York Lotto jackpot, a player must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers. The odds of this is 1 in about 45 million.

New York Lotto allocates 40% of revenue generated from ticket sales per draw to prize money. At least 75% of that amount goes towards the jackpot payout. The remaining money pays out winners in the other prize divisions.

New York Lotto jackpot winners can choose between annuity payments in 25 annual instalments with one upfront payment, or a discounted cash lump sum.

How to win the New York Lotto jackpot

Each game is US$1 for 2 game panels.

You can play up to $5 for 10 games on a betslip.

How old must you be to play New York Lotto?

In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to purchase and redeem New York Lotto tickets online through a licensed betting service such as Betway.

In the United States, players must be 18 years and older to bet on New York Lotto.

When does the New York Lotto draw take place?

New York Lotto is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The draw takes place at 23h21 New York State time (GMT-4)

Ticket sales close at 23h00 (GMT-4) on draw nights.ew York State time (GMT-4)

How much is the New York Lotto jackpot?

New York Lotto starting jackpot (minimum advertised) is US$ 2 million.

If no-one matches 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers to win the jackpot, the big prize rolls overs over to the next drawn. The prize money that would have been paid out to a lucky winner(s) is added to the prize pool for the next draw.

How many prize divisions does New York Lotto offer?
New York Lotto has 5 prize divisions. The odds of winning any cash prize is 1 in 46 per US$ 1 play.
Numbers matchedCash Prizes

Odds of winning

Match 6 out of 6 drawn numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 2 million)
75% of prize pool
1 in 45 057 474
Match 5 numbers plus Bonus number
7.5% of prize pool1 in 7 509 579
Match 5 out of 6 drawn numbers
5.50% of prize pool1 in 144 414
Match 4 out of 6 drawn numbers
6.25% of prize pool1 in 2 179
Match 3 out of 6 drawn numbers
6% of prize pool

How to claim a New York Lotto cash prize

Claiming New York Lotto prizes if you’ve bet on the game in South Africa is easy. The licensed betting service does it for you by guaranteeing the payout.

Players in the United States must present a signed and the original ticket to claim their New York Lotto cash prize, including the big jackpot payout.

New York State does not allow lottery winners to claim their prize anonymously.

Players have one year from the date of the winning draw to claim their cash prizes. If a cash prize is not claimed after one year, the money goes back into the prize pool for future draws or it’s used to subsidise special lottery events and promotions.

If your prize is up to and including US$ 600

You may claim it at any licensed New York Lottery retail location, as well as any of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers located throughout the state.

If your prize is US$ 601 or more

You can claim your prize at one of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers or mail it to the Lottery.  If the retailer scans your ticket and it has a single prize value of more than US$600, the retailer cannot pay the prize. 

After the ticket is scanned, the retailer will give you a Lottery terminal-generated “File Claim” receipt and your winning ticket. Make sure you get your ticket from the retailer as it is required to claim a prize. 

If you mail your winning ticket to the Lottery Customer Service Centre, you need to complete a claim form.  

Click here to download a New York Lottery Claim Form. 

What happens to an annuity lottery payment if you die?

If you die before you receive the full value of your New York Lotto jackpot payout in the 25-year annual installments, the remaining money is paid out immediately to your estate.

The lottery organisation either pays out the remaining proceeds as accelerated payouts or as a discounted lump sum. This depends on the terms and conditions specified by the state where the deceased person bought his or her winning lottery ticket.

Are New York Lotto winnings taxed in South Africa?

Lottery prize winnings are not taxed in South Africa. Any money you win by betting on a lottery is considered capital in nature and is exempt from Income Tax. In addition, lottery prizes benefit from a special exemption from Capital Gains Tax which means no tax is payable on lottery winnings of any size.

New York State imposes an 8.82 percent tax on lottery wins. In addition, 25 percent is withheld for federal tax.


Historically, lotteries in New York were used to generate revenue for non-educational charitable causes. For example, the New York City Hall was built using donations from the state lottery. Revenue was used to build or repair state infrastructure such as water canals, roads and bridges as well as upkeep ferries and trams used for public transport.

In November 1966, the people of New York voted to approve a constitutional amendment that authorised a government-run lottery. The referendum passed with over 60% in favour. Under government authority the proceeds of the New York lottery were made exclusively available to support K-12 public education in the state of New York.

In 1967, the New York Legislature created a Division of the Lottery and established the New York Lottery Commission within the Department of Taxation and Finance. Under the New York State Lottery for Education Law, the director of the Division of the Lottery was given full authority over the administration of the lottery.

The first slogan of the New York lottery was “Your chance of a lifetime to help education”. Over US$ 34 billion was contributed to augment state education revenue.

The first jackpot winner of the newly-revised New York lottery jackpot was a won in 1981 by a single individual who was paid US$ 5 million in annuity payments. At the time, jackpot winners did not have the option of a cash lump sum.

In February 2013, New York Lottery merged with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to create the New York State Gaming Commission.


New York Lotto offers different draw games and multiple ways to win big cash prizes. US Powerball and MegaMillions are also available to players in Michigan.

Let’s look at the popular draw games and what odds they offer players.

GameOdds of winningPrize winning estimate
New York Lotto1 in 45 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 2 million)
Uncapped jackpot
US Powerball
1 in 292 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot
Mega Millions
1 in 302.5 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot

New York Lotto is a game of chance and there is no accurate way to predict the numbers that will be drawn each day. However, you can increase your chance of winning a lottery payout by being in the game more often.

You can do this in 4 ways:

Participate in multiple draws so you’re always in the game.

Start a lottery pool in the office or with family and friends so you can pool your money. This allows you to purchase more tickets more often and increases your chance of winning great cash prizes betting on the USA Powerball.

Join a lottery syndicate where tickets are bought in bulk. A syndicate has increased buying power and players participate in more draws more often when in a syndicate. It’s estimated that one in every 4 lottery jackpots is won in the UK by a lottery syndicate.

Remember to check your daily ticket. It’s amazing how many lottery winnings are not claimed by players. Always write your name and number on the back of your ticket in case you lose it.

Actually, New York Lotto is not as popular as lotteries in other states of America. In September 2001, the number field was raised to 59 which increased the odds of winning the New York Lotto jackpot to 1 in 45 million. The issue players have is almost the entire prize pool (75%) goes towards paying out the jackpot, and very little goes to the seldom-won second prize for 5 matched numbers plus the bonus number.

Less than 18 percent of the prize pool is used to pay out the other prize divisions. Players aren’t too happy that it’s all or nothing; either win one of the two top prizes or no prize at all.

If this doesn’t bother you, New York Lotto is an easy and convenient lottery game to play. The odds of winning the New York Lotto are lower at 1 in 45 million than the two biggest lotteries in the United States, namely the US Powerball and MegaMillions.


There are many myths that circulate online that create the impression that players can elude the odds and win big cash prizes betting on lotteries such as the New York Lotto. Don’t be fooled by these myths and use common sense when betting on any lottery.

Here are 10 common lottery myths:

Myth 1: You stand a better chance of winning the lottery if you use Quick Pick

The lottery system draws numbers using a random algorithm and numbers picked manually or using Quick Pick have an equal chance of being drawn. There is no proof that Quick Pick creates more winners. Quick Pick is convenient and saves you from having to come up with your own numbers all the time.

Myth 2: Every number combination has the same probability

The thinking is that when you combine numbers, the probability changes and the probability of your number combination depends on its structure. Some combinations will appear more often than others and some combinations are not likely to appear.

Myth 3: You can pick winning numbers by studying past lottery results

The lottery does not work on individual numbers. You have to pick 5 or 6 correct numbers to win a cash prize. The thinking is if you look at combination patterns rather than individual numbers and you use mathematics with binomial coefficients and a detailed probability analysis, it is possible to determine winning number combinations.

Myth 4: You cannot predict winning numbers on a lottery game

The thinking is that you can tell how a pattern performs in a given number of draws by multiplying probability by the number of draws to get the estimation.

Myth 5: Picking hot numbers gives you a better chance of winning

This is where players pick the most common numbers that have occurred in the past 100 draws. According to the probability theory, every number has an equal chance of being drawn but if a single number appears at a higher frequency, then the other numbers will occur more or less in the same frequency over a large number of trials.

Myth 6: The best time to play the lottery is when the jackpot is big

Actually, this is the ‘worst time’ to play the lottery because big jackpots attract substantially more lottery players. There’s a good chance that if you win a big payout on a lottery with a big jackpot, you will have to share it with other lucky winning players.

Myth 7: Number 13 is an unlucky number

This is an ‘old-wives’ tale because there are no unlucky or unlucky numbers. All numbers have the same theoretical probability of being drawn.

Myth 8: Prime numbers are drawn more often

Again, the argument is to look at number combinations rather than individual numbers. What is known is that playing all-odd numbers or all-even numbers reduces your chance of winning a lottery payout because numbers like this in a combination rarely occur.

Myth 9: It’s not a good idea to use dates for special occasions

Lottery experts tell you not to use numbers that are dates for birthdays, anniversaries or your children’s ages because they are poor numbers. It’s not because they’re poor numbers but because they’re likely to be used by many other people. This means that a jackpot payout will be shared with many players.

Myth 10: Select numbers using a visual pattern

The only reason you would pick numbers on a board using a pattern such as a zig-zag or up-down-sideways pattern is if you’ve run out of inspiration to manually pick your own numbers. In this case, use the QuickPick option and the machine will randomly generate numbers for you.


The odds of winning the New York Lotto jackpot is 1 in about 45 million per US$ 1 play.

However, there are 4 other prize divisions and more ways to win cash prizes betting on New York Lotto.

Numbers matchedCash Prizes

Odds of winning
Match 6 out of 6 drawn numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 2 million)
75% of prize pool
1 in 45 057 474
Match 5 numbers plus Bonus number
7.5% of prize pool
1 in 7 509 579
Match 5 out of 6 drawn numbers
5.50% of prize pool
1 in 144 414
Match 4 out of 6 drawn numbers6.25% of prize pool
1 in 2 179
Match 3 out of 6 drawn numbers
6% of prize pool

New York Lotto is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by a legitimate lottery commission in the United States. This means you can play New York Lotto with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.

On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.

Operators of state lotteries such as New York Lotto will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.

How lottery scams work

Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.

You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.

The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.

People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.

Warning signs of a lottery scam

You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.

The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.

To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.

You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.

What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer

Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.

Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.

Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.

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New York Lotto is one of the most popular draw game offered by the New York State Gaming Commission and is the largest and most profitable lottery in North America. The Commission contributes over US$ 3 billion per fiscal year to help support K-12 education in New York State.

Revenue generated from lottery ticket sales represent approximately 13 percent of the total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lotto is a 6/59 game that is drawn twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Every time you spend US$ 1 to play the game, you are making a worthwhile contribution to education in New York State. Winning the jackpot is a dream but helping build the public education system in New York is a reality.

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