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Frequently Asked Questions


Oklahoma Lottery Overview
The modern-day lottery era officially began in 1964, with the New Hampshire Lottery conducting the first lottery drawing on September 12. In the United States, lotteries are run by 47 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On November 2, 2004, Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to pass the “Oklahoma Education Act.” Net proceeds of all lottery games will be used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs; furthermore, net proceeds will be used to SUPPLEMENT rather than replace existing funds for education. Proceeds will benefit all levels of education from Pre-K to higher education. For more details you can find a copy of the “Oklahoma Education Act” on our website at http://www.lottery.ok.gov/history.asp.

The Oklahoma Lottery Commission (OLC) announced that total ticket sales for the first fiscal year ending June 30, 2006 were $204.86 million, with total transfers to the State Treasurer for deposit into the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund exceeding $65 million. Lawmakers established the Lottery's inaugural fiscal-year appropriation goal, months in advance of the start of sales.

In one of the fastest start-ups in modern-day lottery history, the Oklahoma Lottery launched its Scratcher games October 12, 2005, followed by Pick 3 on November 10 and Powerball on January 12, 2006.

Visit our Beneficiary page to view our current contributions to Oklahoma education.

How can I become an Oklahoma Lottery Retailer?
Only businesses located within the state of Oklahoma can be Oklahoma Lottery retailers. You can download a copy of the Oklahoma Lottery Retailer Application and mail it to the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters.

Where is the Lottery Headquarters located?
3817 N. Santa Fe   •   Oklahoma City, OK 73118   •   Map
Telephone: 405-522-7700  •  Fax 405-521-0528

Where can I purchase lottery tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at lottery contracted retail outlets across the state. Convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores comprise the lion's share of the retail network. The Lottery continues to add new retailers on a regular basis. Click here to Find a Retailer nearest you by entering your zip code or city.

How much do tickets cost?
Tickets vary in price from game to game. The minimum ticket price is $1.

Can I claim my prize by mail?
Yes. You can claim any prize by mail. Complete our prize claim form, sign the back of your ticket and provide copies of the requested identification. Mail the completed information to:
            Oklahoma Lottery  •  P.O. Box 548810  •  Oklahoma City, OK 73154-8810
Please be sure to sign the back of your winning ticket. For larger prizes, we recommend you send your ticket via certified or registered mail.

Where can I claim my prizes?
All cash prizes under $600 can be redeemed at ANY Oklahoma Lottery Retailer across the state. Yes, you can cash in your ticket right away! The Oklahoma Lottery has the following Authorized Oklahoma Lottery Claim Centers for winners to redeem their prize. Authorized Claim Centers can cash winning tickets up to $5,000. For prizes over $5,000, they must be claimed at the Oklahoma Lottery headquarters. Store hours for cashing are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Authorized Claim Redemption Centers

City Name Location Zip Phone
Ardmore Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
205 North Commerce
73401 580-223-0201
Bartlesville Food Pyramid #67
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
2501 SE Washington Blvd
74006 918-335-1133
Elk City Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
412 West 3rd
73644 580-225-0322
Guymon Dizzy Bs Corner Mart
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
1105 N Main St.
73942 580-338-0310
Lawton Country Mart
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
902 West Gore
73501 580-355-5150
Muskogee Snackers
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
3116 W. Broadway
74401 918-682-9520
Norman Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
2600 W. Robinson Street
73069 405-321-1313
Oklahoma City Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
12508 North May 73120 405-751-4426
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters
Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
3817 N. Santa Fe, Suite 175 73118 405-522-7700
Pauls Valley Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
505 South Chickasaw
73075 405-238-7550
Perry Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
702 Fir Street
73077 580-336-5316
Yukon Homeland
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
11241 West Reno 73099 405-324-2205

Who can play the Lottery?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can play and win.

How does Oklahoma Education receive the promised funds?
All net proceeds from ticket sales are deposited in a separate bank account. Quarterly, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission will transfer 35% of those proceeds to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund. This Trust Fund is administered by the Office of the State Treasurer.

Are prizes taxable?
For all prizes over $600, the Lottery will issue a federal form W2-G to the winner. For all prizes over $5,000, all applicable state and federal taxes will automatically be withheld, 4% State and 25% Federal.

How long do I have to collect a prize?
Scratchers: 90 days from announced game end date, you can view the game ending schedule for individual Scratchers by going to Ended Scratchers page.

All online games including Pick 3, Cash 5, Poker Pick, Hot Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions: 180 days from drawing date.

Can you write off non-winning lottery tickets on your taxes?
Always check with your financial/tax advisor concerning your taxes.

Can I buy lottery tickets by mail?
No. Oklahoma Lottery tickets must be purchased at a retailer under contract with the Lottery. Federal law and postal regulations do not allow an unplayed lottery ticket to be mailed.

What happens if I lose my winning ticket?
Losing a lottery ticket is like losing cash. Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets when you buy them. At the very least, sign any winning tickets even before claiming your prize. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Unless you sign a ticket, anyone else who has the ticket can claim the prize.

Can I purchase lottery tickets over the Internet? Will this ever be an option?
No. You cannot purchase Oklahoma Lottery tickets over the Internet, and it is unlikely you will be able to do so any time soon. All Lottery tickets must be purchased in-person at a contracted lottery retail outlet.

Can I purchase lottery tickets from a retailer with a check, check card or debit card?
No. All Oklahoma Lottery tickets must be purchased with cash only.

Why is it that with odds of 1 in 4, I can sometimes buy 10 tickets in a row and not get a winner?
Stated odds are based on the entire game. Our game production process limits the strings of non-winning tickets, it is possible to have several winning tickets, or none, in a string of 10. The Lottery does not know where winning tickets are placed. The program that determines random placement is audited.

What happens to all the prize money when someone forgets to cash a winning ticket?
It is different in each state. In Oklahoma, the first $750,000 of unclaimed prize monies shall be transferred to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the treatment of compulsive gambling disorder and educational programs related to such disorder annually. All other unclaimed prizes will be added back to the overall prize pool to be awarded for future prizes or special prize promotions, and if not used, will be distributed to education.

What if I suspect a potential lottery scam?
If you become, or suspect that you have or may become a victim of a lottery-related crime, contact the Oklahoma Lottery Security at (405) 522-7765. You can also find helpful hints to protect you from scams on our website at www.lottery.ok.gov and click on the Security Info link.


A variety of Scratcher tickets with varied price points are available throughout the state at any given time. Scratcher games are very easy to play, which is a key reason they are one of America's favorite lottery games.

How do I play Scratchers?
After purchasing the desired game(s) and carefully reading the play instructions on the front of the ticket, players remove a protective coating from the ticket facing using the edge of a coin. The protective coating conceals the winning and non-winning numbers and/or symbols that tell players whether they have won a prize.  Winning a prize is based on the play instructions. The primary reason players enjoy the games is that they know “instantly” (immediately) whether they have won a prize.  They do not have to wait for a drawing.

Scratcher game tickets have varied purchase prices, as well as various game names and themes (e.g., state-specific, holiday, seasonal, money, cards, whimsical).  They also offer several prizes; some large, some small, some in between from one game to the next.  In other words, there is something for everyone.

If you would like more information on how to play Scratchers, all specifications can be found on our Scratchers page. Click here to find the Remaining Scratcher Prizes which are updated daily Monday through Friday.

What if I damage my winning Scratcher ticket?
You can complete a claim form and mail your winning ticket and completed claim form to the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, 3817 N. Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

Can I scratch too much on a Scratcher ticket & void the ticket?
No. You can never scratch too much on an instant ticket to make it void.



This was the Oklahoma Lottery's first game where players have the opportunity to select their numbers.

Players choose their Pick 3 numbers by selecting one number from each of three sets of 10 numbers (zero-nine). There are three ways players can choose their Pick 3 numbers:  (1) Using a ballpoint pen or pencil, players fill out a “play slip” at the retail location and hand it to the retail clerk, who then inserts the completed play slip into a Lottery computer terminal; (2) verbally give their Pick 3 numbers to the retail clerk, who then manually keys it into a Lottery computer terminal; or (3) ask the retailer to have the computer terminal choose the numbers. Simply say to the retailer, “Easy Pick, please!” and the Lottery computer automatically picks a 3-digit number for you!  In all three ways, the Lottery terminal will print out a ticket showing the number chosen. The ticket is then given to the player who waits for the drawing to check his/her number(s).

Pick 3 winning numbers are drawn nightly. To check your winning numbers you can call (405) 522-7700, visit your nearest Oklahoma Lottery retailer or check your local media.

You can also sign up for the Oklahoma Lottery Emails & Text Alerts and have the winning numbers sent to your mobile phone via text message or emailed to your inbox after each drawing.




What is Oklahoma Cash 5?
It is a statewide, Oklahoma Lottery only game, where 5 numbers between 1 and 36 are selected out of one drum. These 5 numbers selected do not have to be in any specific order.

If a player has selected all 5 numbers that are drawn for that draw, that player will win a taxes paid amount of $25,000 ($35,211 before taxes). Prize payouts for Oklahoma Cash 5: match 5 balls - $25,000, 4 matched balls - $500, 3 matched balls - $10, 2 matched balls – Free Cash 5 Easy Pick Ticket.

Oklahoma Cash 5 winning numbers are drawn nightly. To check your winning numbers you can call (405) 522-7700, visit your nearest Oklahoma Lottery retailer or check your local media.

You can also sign up for the Oklahoma Lottery Emails & Text Alerts and have the winning numbers sent to your mobile phone via text message or emailed to your inbox after each drawing.


Powerball tickets are $2 per ticket and $1 for Power Play beginning January 15, 2012. Powerball is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. To play, players must choose five white numbered balls out of a drum of 59 balls (from 1 to 59) and one red numbered ball out of a drum with 35 red balls (from 1 to 35).

There are 9 possible ways to win in Powerball, which includes the jackpot. Matching all 5 white balls, plus the one red Powerball, wins the jackpot. Jackpots begin at $40 million and continue to build (or rollover) until a player(s) matches all 6 numbers (5 white balls, 1 red ball). All Powerball drawings are supervised and audited. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m.

For an extra dollar per play, players can choose the Power Play option for a chance to multiply their Powerball winning prize amount by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times (does not include the jackpot). The Power Play multiplier is selected at random during every drawing.

Even though other states participate in Powerball, the amount contributed to Oklahoma Education will be the same as it is for all other Oklahoma Lottery games, 35% of sales! Oklahoma has had a large number of high tier Powerball winners, including three jackpot winners: a $101 million dollar winner on June 17, 2006; $105 million dollar winner on June 27, 2007; and $85 million on July 3, 2008.

What is Power Play?
Power Play is a special feature offered while playing Powerball that allows a winner to multiply the original prize amount by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times (does not include the jackpot). A player must choose the Power Play option when they purchase their ticket.  The cost of Power Play is an additional $1 per play.

If I should win a large top prize, do I have the option of remaining anonymous as far as the public and media are concerned?
In accordance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act and the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act, the name of any individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association, limited liability company, or other legal entity, and their city of residence will be made public. It is important for the public to know the lottery is run honestly. This way the public can be reassured that the prize was won by a real person.

Why is the cash value of a jackpot only about half of what is advertised? Where does the rest of the money go?
The lump-sum payment works out to be a little less than half of the advertised jackpot amount. The Lottery will be giving you the money that would have been invested over 29 years (30 payments) for a Powerball jackpot. The advertised amount represents an estimate of the total payments you would receive over 29 years if the cash amount is invested in an annuity for you.

At what prize point does annuity become a choice? 
Annuity is only an option for jackpot winners.

Can Powerball players redeem their winnings in any Powerball member state? 
No. Powerball players must redeem their prizes in the same state they bought their tickets. All tickets and playslips must be identified by the state that sold the ticket so the prize can be claimed and paid properly.

What lotteries participate in Powerball?Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington DC and in the US Virgin Islands.
America's favorite lottery game is played in 44 States, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.

If I buy an Easy Pick ticket, can anyone else buy those numbers using Easy Pick?
Yes. Easy Pick tickets are generated randomly by the terminal at the retailer, and there is no central computer that is controlling ticket generation. The chances of buying a Powerball ticket with the same numbers as someone else are the same as the chances of winning the jackpot - about 1 in 175 million.

When do the Online Games shut down for the drawings?
Tickets cannot be purchased during draw breaks. Draw breaks are as follows:
    Pick 3 - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (nightly)
    Cash 5 - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (nightly)
    Poker Pick - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (nightly)
    Powerball - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (Wednesday & Saturday)
    Hot Lotto - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (Wednesday & Saturday)
    Mega Millions - 8:59 pm until 9:10 pm (Tuesday & Friday)

Can I select Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Hot Lotto or Cash 5 numbers for more than 1 drawing?
Yes, you can get up to seven draw dates for Pick 3, ten draw dates on Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Oklahoma Cash 5. When you purchase multiple draw dates your numbers will remain the same for every draw date purchased.


Mega Millions

Mega Millions launched January 31, 2010, with changes beginning October 22, 2013, becoming even more mega.

Mega Millions minimum jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing up until the jackpot is won.

Mega Millions drawings will consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under the new matrix, the number of white balls will increase to 75 and the number of gold balls (the Mega Ball) will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize.

You may use a playslip to select your numbers, or ask for an “EASY PICK “ from the clerk and the computer will select the numbers for you. If you make a mistake on the playslip, mark the “VOID” box and select your numbers on the next panel.

Each play is $1, and each panel is a separate play. Add Megaplier for an extra $1 per play for your chance to multiply your winnings up to 5 times.

Play more than one drawing by marking the “MULTIDRAW” box on the playslip for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 consecutive drawings, or just ask the clerk for a multidraw.

Tickets may be purchased until 8:59 p.m. the evening of the drawing. Drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 p.m.

When a player wins a jackpot they have 60 days from the date of their claim to choose to receive a lump-sum payment or a 30-year annuity. All tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the winning draw date.

Mega Millions Map 2013
What is the Megaplier?
Megaplier is a special feature offered while playing Mega Millions that allows a winner to multiply the original prize by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. The Megaplier is not applied when a player has won the jackpot. A player must choose the Megaplier option when they purchase their ticket.  The cost of the Megaplier is an additional $1 per play. The multiplier is randomly selected during each drawing.

Can Mega Millions players redeem their winnings in any Mega Millions member state? 
No. Mega Millions players must redeem their prizes in the same state they bought their tickets. All tickets and playslips must be identified by the state that sold the ticket so the prize can be claimed and paid properly.


Where can you play Mega Millions?
Mega Millions is played in 44 States, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.


Hot Lotto with Sizzler Logo

Hot Lotto Launched January 3, 2008

Hot Lotto jackpots start at $1 million and rolls up until the jackpot is won. Oklahoma had a $3.8 million jackpot winner on March 26, 2008, a $2.1 million jackpot winner on July 3, 2008 and a $1.2 million jackpot winner on Nov. 23, 2011.

Select 5 out of 47 numbers from the white balls. Then select 1 out of 19 numbers for the orange HOT BALL. You may use a play slip to select your numbers or ask for an EASY PICK from the clerk and the computer will select the numbers for you. If you make a mistake on the playslip, mark the VOID box and select your numbers on the next panel.

Each play is $1.00 and each panel is a separate play. Don't forget to add the Hot Lotto Sizzler option for only $1.00 extra.

Hot Lotto Sizzler is a special feature that allows a winner to automatically triple their prize (does not include the jackpot). A player must choose the Hot Lotto Sizzler option when they purchase their ticket. Hot Lotto Sizzler costs an additional $1.00 per play.

Play more than one drawing by marking the "MULTI-DRAW" box on the play slip for 2, 3, 4, 5 or up to 10 consecutive drawings or just ask the clerk for "MULTI-DRAW."

Tickets may be purchased until 8:59 p.m. the evening of the drawing. Drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday.Hot Lotto Map

There are nine ways to win! The Jackpot - won by matching all five white balls in any order and the orange HOT BALL - is available as a lump sum cash payment (taxes paid).


What lotteries participate in Hot Lotto?

District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, or West Virginia

 




Poker Pick logo Poker Pick Launched September 7, 2014 - Oklahoma’s First Hybrid Game


The Oklahoma Lottery is excited to announce Poker Pick, Oklahoma’s first ever combined instant / draw game where players can instantly win a prize, then win again in a nightly drawing. Poker Pick offers the largest Oklahoma-only top prize of $100,000.

Each ticket will display 5 cards from a deck of 52. Players can win up to $10,000 instantly if the cards displayed on their ticket match one of the winning poker hands listed at the bottom of the ticket.
If a player has a hand of “Jacks or Better” they win a prize. Players then have a chance to win up to $10,000 if the cards on their ticket match at least two of the cards drawn in the nightly drawing.
A player that matches 5 of 5 cards will win the $100,000 prize. All Poker Pick tickets are Easy Pick (players cannot select their cards).

“We are very excited to bring this new type of game to our Oklahoma players,” said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “This game combines the popularity of poker with the immediate excitement of an instant win along with the anticipation of winning a big jackpot every night.”

Tickets cost $2 each and drawings will be held nightly, much like Oklahoma’s other daily games Pick 3 and Cash 5. Tickets may be purchased until 8:59 pm nightly; drawings are held 7 days a week after 9 pm.


How can I protect my Lottery purchase?
Here are some tips:

  • When you purchase a Scratcher, make sure all the playable game numbers are covered.

  • Always have retail clerk run your Lottery tickets through the Extrema terminal to determine the value of your winning prize. Have the clerk show you the instant cash receipt that will have the prize you have won stated on it. The retailer is required to keep the winning ticket and instant cash receipt.

  • ALWAYS sign the back of your Scratcher before you present it for payment.

  • NEVER leave a winning ticket with a clerk for later payment, if a winning ticket can not be cashed when you try to redeem your prize, take the winning ticket with you to redeem later.

 
 
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