Kentucky Lottery Games
Only Kentucky residents can take part in the following Kentucky lottery games:
|Game||Prize Type||Numbers||Sale Closes|
|Pick 3 Midday||Top Prize||3 from 0-9||1:20 p.m.|
|Pick 3 Evening||Top Prize||3 from 0-9||10:55 p.m.|
|Pick 4 Midday||Top Prize||4 from 0-9||1:20 p.m.|
|Pick 4 Evening||Top Prize||4 from 0-9||10:55 p.m.|
|Cash Ball 225||Top Prize||4 from 1-35 + 1 from 1-25||10:55 p.m.|
|5 Card Cash||Top Prize||QP 5 cards from 52||10:55 p.m.|
|Powerball||Jackpot||5 from 1-69 + 1 from 1-26||10:00 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Jackpot||5 from 1-70 + 1 from 1-25||10:45 p.m.|
|Lucky for Life||Top Prize||5 from 1-48 + 1 from 1-18||9:30 p.m.|
|Pick 3 Midday||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.|
|Pick 3 Evening||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Pick 4 Midday||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||1:20 p.m.|
|Pick 4 Evening||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Cash Ball 225||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|5 Card Cash||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Powerball||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||11:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Lucky for Life||10:35 p.m.||10:35 p.m.|
*All times are displayed in Kentucky local time.
Draws & Game Updates
All games will continue as normal but the Minimum jackpot (starting jackpots) for Kentucky Powerball and Mega Millions have been removed.
The number of consecutive draws each Kentucky State Lottery games allows you to play:
|Pick 3 Midday||up to 7|
|Pick 3 Evening||up to 7|
|Pick 4 Midday||up to 7|
|Pick 4 Evening||up to 7|
|Cash Ball 225||up to 21|
|5 Card Cash||N/A|
|Powerball||up to 26|
|Mega Millions||up to 26|
|Lucky for Life||up to 26|
Claiming a Winning Ticket
- For prizes of $1 – $600, May be claimed at any Kentucky Lottery retailer. You do not need a claim form. If you won playing online, prizes up to $600 will be directly deposited into your online account. For prizes above $600, you will receive an email with instructions on how to process your claim and collect your winnings.
- For prizes of $600 up to $25,000,
- For prizes above $25,000,
- Claim by mail complete insturctions (below $99,999)
- Completed Prize Claim form
- Your winning ticket
- A copy of a valid government issued photograph identification, such as a driver’s license or other form of photograph identification acceptable to the KLC
- Keep copies of the claim form and the back of the signed ticket for your records
- Send to the following address:
- Kentucky Lottery Corporation
- Claims – Dept. 100
- Louisville, KY 40287-0001
All retailers can cash winning tickets up to $600. To search for a retailer that can cash larger amounts, you can choose a cashing amount option by following this link.
You can search for a claim cashing retailer near you using:
Kentucky Lottery, and state tax withholdings on winnings for U.S. citizens or residents.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||5.0%|
|Over $5,000||Federal Tax||24.0%|
If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or is not a US resident, Kentucky Lottery tax withholdings on winnings are as such:
|Over $600 and up to $5,000||State Tax||0.0%|
|Over $600 and up to $5,000||Federal Tax||30.0%|
The Kentucky Lottery
The Kentucky State Lottery sold its first official ticket in April 1989. It was the hottest issue in the 1987 race for Governor, eventually won by Wallace G. Wilkinson, a fervent supporter.
While the first two games were Kentucky Lottery scratch tickets, sales were booming. In fact, on the opening day of the lottery, Kentucky sold over five million dollars’ worth of instant scratchers. Today, there are several additional draw games to play.
These include three multi-jurisdictional drawings, namely the Kentucky Lottery Lucky for Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions. The state adopted all three of these games between 2009 and 2010.
64% of revenues go towards Kentucky Lottery winners, while the state and commercial associates receive 31%. Since its inception, the KE Lottery has generated over 5.6 billion dollars for Kentuckian education. This includes K-12 education, college grants, and scholarship programs.
The famous collection of games has its headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of downtown Louisville. However, there’s no need to make that drive to get the Kentucky Lottery winning numbers. You can simply download the official app, available on Android and iOS.
The app includes a fully-functional Kentucky Lottery ticket scanner. Using the camera on your phone, you can check your tickets.
Kentucky Lottery FAQ
Oddly enough, the largest prize ever awarded by the KE Lotto wasn’t claimed by anyone from the state. That distinction belongs to Tennessee native Kent Miller. In January 1996, Miller visited Pal’s Shop, a local convenience store, and purchased a Kentucky Lottery Powerball ticket. Little did he know he’d go on to win more than 89 million dollars.
You can watch the Kentucky Lottery Mega Millions and Powerball drawings live on TV in KE through WGN-TV. However, the same can’t be said for the lotto’s regular daily drawings.
They’re not broadcasted by any TV stations. Instead, drawings shifted to an internet live-stream, broadcast via YouTube, in 2012.
According to the state lotto’s administration, the odds of winning any cash prize in its drawings are 1 in 40. Winning the big jackpot is a far less common event, though. Odds of that are quoted at 1 in 175,711,536.
Participating in the lotto is relatively simple. All you have to do is buy a ticket and wait for the drawing. Once the Kentucky Lottery numbers for the week are announced, check your ticket. If it’s a winner, visit your local lottery center to cash it in.
If you can’t be bothered to leave the house, though, you can still play. Download the official Kentucky Lottery app, which you can use to buy tickets, follow drawings, and even scan tickets.
You can catch the various Kentucky Lottery results as follows:
Pick 3 drawings take place twice a day, every day except Sunday (when there’s only 1 drawing). Drawings are at 1:20 PM ET and 11 PM ET.
Pick 4 drawings are also twice a day and share the same time slots.
5 Card Cash drawings occur once a day, at 11 PM ET.
Results of Kentucky Lottery Mega Millions are broadcast once a week on Fridays. The drawings happen at 10:45 PM, ET.
Players who want their losing tickets to have a second life need to join the lotto’s official Fun Club. As a member, you’ll get access to many exclusive promotions, including the Kentucky Lottery Second Chance offers.
Scanning your old tickets into the Second Chance system turns them into new Kentucky Lottery codes. Each one has a chance to win a weekly drawing.
Many of the KE lotto’s promotions can issue players with special vouchers. These could be used to purchase tickets, scratchers, or sometimes, to redeem cash prizes.
Cashing your lottery tickets is as easy as visiting one of the official locations. You can find a list of these at the top of this page
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