The Georgia Lottery was formed in 1992 with the aim of raising money for education in the Peach State. Draws take place in Atlanta and exactly half of the $1 billion+ GA lottery income is paid out in prizes.
Georgia Lottery Drawing Schedule
Georgia has one of the widest ranges of games available in the USA, find out the days and times of each drawing:
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||10:59 PM||10:00 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash4Life||Daily||9:00 PM||8:45 PM|
|Jumbo Bucks||Monday & Thursday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Fantasy 5||Daily||11:34 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash 3||Daily||12:29 PM, 6:59 PM & 11:34 PM||12:00 PM, 6:50 PM & 10:45 PM|
|Cash 4||Daily||12:29 PM, 6:59 PM & 11:34 PM||12:00 PM, 6:50 PM & 10:45 PM|
|FIVE||Daily||12:29 PM & 6:59 PM||12:00 PM & 6:50 PM|
|Cash Pop||Daily||8:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 11:59 PM||–|
|*Times are shown in ET. Georgia Lottery tickets are not on sale between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM.|
Georgia is home to a number of different lottery games that offer big cash prizes to state residents.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Cash Match is a new game that has a starting jackpot of $1 million, with tickets costing $1 each. Players select six numbers from 1 to 47 or opt for a Quick Pick to have entries randomly generated for them.
Fantasy 5 is a daily game that costs just $1 per play. That’s pretty good value for money, especially as you’ll get a free Fantasy 5 ticket simply for matching two numbers! The jackpot starts at $125,000 and will roll over until someone matches all five numbers to take home the big prize. Players select five numbers from 1 to 42. Here are the odds of winning for each prize tier:
|Match||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5||Jackpot||1 in 850,668|
|Match 4||Pari-mutuel (estimated $150)||1 in 4,598|
|Match 3||Pari-mutuel (estimated $10)||1 in 128|
|Match 2||Free Ticket||1 in 11|
|Odds of winning any Fantasy 5 prize are approximately 1 in 10.06|
Want to increase your chances of winning a prize? You can pay an extra $1 to activate the eZmatch option. If your Fantasy 5 numbers match any of the selected eZmatch numbers, you’ll snag up to $500 on the spot. You won’t even have to wait until the draw to redeem your prize – the retailer will pay you your winnings and give you a replacement ticket for the Fantasy 5 draw.
Cash Pop has five drawings a day, seven days a week, and playing is as easy as picking a number from 1-15.
Cash 3 has three drawings per day for cash prizes and a variety of game types to keep things interesting.
Other Georgia Lottery games include Cash 4, Georgia 5 and KENO!
If you’re not the waiting type, you can try out some of the instant games offered by the Georgia Lottery. All you have to do is choose a game, buy it and scratch off the top layer to see if you’re a winner! Instant win prizes can rival those of regular lottery games, so they’re well worth a try.
Claiming a Georgia Lottery Prize
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Georgia. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
All prize amounts can be claimed by mail – see details below. Prizes of $600 or less can also be redeemed at any authorized Georgia Lottery retailer or Lottery office.
If you win any prize worth $601 or more, you’ll need to fill out a claim form and supply two types of identification to the Georgia Lottery commission in order to claim your winnings. For draw games, prizes must be redeemed within 180 days of the relevant drawing, and for instant tickets, within 90 days of the game Expired Date.
Payouts worth up to $25,000 can also be claimed at Lottery Headquarters or any Lottery district office. You can also claim at special Lottery kiosks in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. How’s that for customer service?
Claim a prize by mail
Prizes of any value may be claimed by mail. For prizes of $600 and under, fill out the back of the winning ticket and send it to the address below.
For wins of $600 and above, please send the following:
- Completed original ticket
- Completed claim form claim form
- Copy of a government-issued photo ID
- Copy of social security card
Georgia Lottery Corporation
P.O. Box 56966
Atlanta, GA 30343
Processing times are normally 2-3 weeks; however, big jackpots may require 4-5 weeks.
History of the Georgia Lottery
The Georgia Lottery was established in 1992 in order to provide vital funding for educational initiatives. Ticket sales began in June 1993 and have been going strong ever since. Today, over $15.5 billion has been allocated to the Lottery for Education Account run by the State Treasury. Georgia Lottery fans know that they’re funding more than their own dreams of a big jackpot win – they’re helping others in the state realize their dreams of a better future through education.
You’ll need to be at least 18 years old to play Georgia Lottery games or redeem any prizes you might win.
Details of your win will be reported to the IRS for prizes worth $600 or more. If you’ve won a prize worth more than $5,000, you’ll be responsible for federal withholding taxes of 25 percent and Georgia state income taxes of six percent.
Georgia lottery games currently aren’t available to play outside of the USA. However, you can take part in Powerball and Mega Millions from around the world. Visit the Tickets page for more information.
Find the latest Georgia Lottery numbers and prize information for draws such as Fantasy 5, Powerball, Mega Millions and more. Are you a lucky winner?
How to Play
Top Prize Rolls Down if Nobody Wins!
Ever daydream about what you would do with a fantasy prize of around $200,000? With FANTASY 5 ® , you can! And, if there is no top-prize winner, the top prize rolls down to the 4-of-5 and 3-of-5 prize levels. FANTASY 5 has lots of winners. You can win a free ticket for matching just two numbers. Tickets cost $1 per play.
To play, pick up a FANTASY 5 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer. Each playslip contains 10 panels (A-J). In each panel played:
1. Select five numbers from 1 through 36 or mark the Quick Pick box to have the computer pick any or all of your numbers at random.
2. For a chance to win cash instantly, select the EZmatch™ box in a panel for a $1 more per play. Or you can mark the EZmatch box on the upper left side of the playslip to add EZmatch to all panels played. FANTASY 5 tickets with EZmatch cannot be canceled.
3. To play the same numbers for more than one draw, simply tell the retailer how many advance draws you wish to play or select the number of draws in the Advance Play section of your playslip.
4. Give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer. You will receive a ticket printed with your numbers, draw date(s) and the total cost of the ticket. For each panel with EZmatch selected, you will receive a separate ticket with your FANTASY 5 and EZmatch numbers. Please check your ticket(s) before you leave the store. You are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s).
5. Check the official drawing results to see if you’re a winner! Draw results are available on this website, at authorized Florida Lottery retailers and by calling (850) 921-PLAY (7529). You may also watch the drawings online.
Drawings are held seven days per week at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased until 10:40 p.m. ET on the night of the draw. Tickets purchased after 10:40 p.m. will be for the next draw.
If you claim a prize on a winning Advance Play ticket before all of the draws on the ticket have occurred, you will be issued a continuation ticket for the remaining draws with the same play numbers as the original ticket.
Please remember: All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date.
The Florida Lottery will hold official FANTASY 5 ® drawings in which five out of 36 numbers will be drawn at random. If your five numbers match the five winning numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played, you win the FANTASY 5 top prize. Match two, three or four of the winning numbers to win other cash prizes or a free Quick Pick ticket.
FANTASY 5 is a pari-mutuel game. Actual prize amounts depend on sales and the number of winners in each prize category. All FANTASY 5 cash prizes are paid in a single cash payment. If there is no top prize winner, the money in the top prize pool rolls down, and is shared equally among winners in the 4-of-5 prize level, with a maximum prize of $555 per winner. If the available roll down exceeds the $555 per winner maximum in the 4-of-5 prize level, the excess funds in the prize pool roll down and are shared equally among the winners in the 3-of-5 prize level. When a ticket with 2-of-5 winning numbers is redeemed, the gaming terminal will automatically print a free Quick Pick ticket for the next available drawing.
Applicable federal income taxes will be withheld from FANTASY 5 top prizes at the time payments are made. Read more about claiming Lottery prizes.
*Estimated prize for a single top prize winner. In the event of multiple top prize winners, the top prize is shared.
All prizes shown are estimated prize amounts. All cash prizes are pari-mutuel.
It’s Quick and Easy, Just Match and Win Instantly!
With EZmatch™, you can add instant fun to FANTASY 5 ® ! Just choose the EZmatch play option, for an additional $1 per play for a chance to win cash instantly.
Your FANTASY 5 numbers for the daily draw
Your EZmatch numbers for a chance to win instantly
In this example, your ticket costs $2 ($1 for FANTASY 5 and $1 for EZmatch)
EZmatch on a FANTASY 5 Advance Play will add $1 to the cost of the ticket
Sample FANTASY 5 Ticket
Please note: You can play FANTASY 5 alone or add EZmatch for a chance to win instant prizes!
When you select EZmatch, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will print below the FANTASY 5 numbers on your ticket. Match any EZmatch number with any FANTASY 5 number on your ticket, and win the prize amount shown instantly. You can win up to five times on a single FANTASY 5 with EZmatch ticket.
|Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Overall Odds: 1:4.71|
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How to Play Top Prize Rolls Down if Nobody Wins! Ever daydream about what you would do with a fantasy prize of around $200,000? With FANTASY 5 ® , you can! And, if there is no top-prize