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Indiana Lottery Numbers

Check out this page to find out more about the most recent Hoosier Lottery numbers!

Current lottery games include: Hoosier Lotto – Powerball – Mega Millions – Daily 3 Evening – Daily 3 Midday – Daily 4 Evening – Daily 4 Midday – Cash 5 – Lucky Seven – Quick Draw – Quick Draw Midday.

– Latest Indiana Numbers

Buying Hoosier Lottery Tickets

Currently, Indiana’s in-state games are not available to play outside of the USA. However, you can take part in Powerball and Mega Millions – go to the Tickets page for more information.

Indiana Lottery Drawing Schedule

Get full details of the days and times at which each IN lottery is played, never miss a drawing again!

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 10:59 PM 9:58 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 11:00 PM 10:44 PM
Cash4Life Daily 9:00 PM 8:45 PM
Hoosier Lotto with +PLUS Wednesday & Saturday 11:00 PM 10:39 PM
Daily 3 Daily 1:20 PM & 11:00 PM 1:10 PM & 10:39 PM
Daily 4 Daily 1:20 PM & 11:00 PM 1:10 PM & 10:39 PM
Cash 5 Daily 11:00 PM 10:39 PM
Quick Draw Daily 1:20 PM & 11:00 PM 1:10 PM & 10:39 PM
Lucky Seven Daily 11:00 PM 10:39 PM
*Times are shown in ET.

Game Information

Hoosier Lottery fans can play Mega Millions and Powerball, but there are also great local games to try.

Hoosier Lotto

Hoosier Lotto was launched in September 1994 to the delight of lottery fans across the state. The jackpot starts at $1 million and will increase in value until it’s won. The rollovers continue until someone matches all six numbers drawn and wins the top prize!

To play, just purchase a ticket for $2 and select six numbers from 1 to 46 or opt for a Quick Pick to let the lottery terminal produce random numbers for them. Drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

The game also features a built-in multiplier that can increase non-jackpot prizes by two, three, five or even ten times.

Add Plus to your ticket for an extra $1.00 for more ways to win. The Plus drawing is held after the main draw and gives you an extra chance to win cash prizes up to $1 million. All Plus non-jackpot prizes can also be increased with the multiplier.

Here’s what you could win on the Hoosier Lotto base game, without the multiplier or Plus:

Hoosier Lotto Prizes and Odds of Winning

Winning Tier Prize Odds of Winning
Match 6 of 6 Jackpot 1 in 9,366,819
Match 5 of 6 Pari-mutuel prize (estimated $500) 1 in 39,028
Match 4 of 6 Pari-mutuel prize (estimated $20) 1 in 800
Match 3 of 6 $2 1 in 47
Match 2 of 6 Free Hoosier Lotto Ticket 1 in 6
Odds of winning any Hoosier Lotto prize are 1 in 6


Want the chance to win a cash prize right after purchasing your ticket? Pay an extra $1 and unlock EZmatch, which could net you up to $500 right there and then. Your ticket for Hoosier Lotto, Cash 5 and other Hoosier Lottery games will be printed as normal, but there will be an extra set of numbers on the ticket. Each number will be assigned a monetary value and if that number matches one of the numbers you chose for the draw game, you’ll win the cash! You can redeem it immediately and receive an exchange ticket for the drawing.

Cash 5

Cash 5 is a daily draw game with a starting jackpot of $50,000. Tickets cost $1 each and players select five numbers from 1 to 41 or choose a Quick Pick to have numbers randomly generated for them. EZmatch is also available for those who’d like a chance to win right away! To win the Cash 5 top prize, players must match all five main numbers drawn. Here’s how it works:

Cash 5 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Winning Tier Prize Odds of Winning
Match 5 of 5 Jackpot (estimated) 1 in 749,398
Match 4 of 5 $150 1 in 4,163
Match 3 of 5 $10 1 in 119
Match 2 of 5 Free Cash 5 Ticket 1 in 11
Odds of winning any Cash 5 prize are 1 in 9.6

More Hoosier Lottery Games

Other great Hoosier Lottery games include Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw.

The Hoosier Lottery also sells a wide variety of scratch-off games that can be purchased from authorized retailers. With prices for the games ranging from $1 to $25, there’s a scratch-off to suit everyone’s tastes and budget.

Claiming Hoosier Lottery Prizes

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Indiana. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

Won a Hoosier Lottery prize? That’s awesome! Make sure that you claim it as soon as you feel ready, but don’t wait too long – the deadline for claiming prizes is 180 days after the date of the drawing or the announced date of closure for a scratch-off game.

Prizes up to $99,999 may be claimed by mail – see instructions below.

Prizes worth up to $599 can also be cashed at a retailer. If you’ve won between $600 and $49,999, then you can claim your winnings at a regional lottery office or at the Hoosier Lottery head offices located in Indianapolis. Any prize worth $50,000 or more must be redeemed at the head offices or by mail.

Prizes worth $1,200 or more will be subject to an Indiana state tax of 3.4% and prizes worth $5,000 or more will have 25 percent withheld in federal taxes along with the state taxes already levied on the winnings.

Claim a prize by mail

To redeeem a win up $99,999 by mail, fill out the back of your ticket and complete a claim form (leave lines 1-6 blank, complete lines 7-19, and sign and date).

For prizes of $600 and up, include a copy of your government-issued photo ID.

If more than one person is claiming a prize, you’ll need to fill out IRS Form 5754.

Mail documents to the Lottery:

Hoosier Lottery Headquarters
1302 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Allow around 7-10 days for the claim to be processed.

History of the Hoosier Lottery

The Hoosier Lottery was established in Indiana in November 1988 when voters overwhelmingly approved a lottery referendum. Sales of scratch-off games began in October 1989 and the show Hoosier Millionaire aired its first episode on October 28th, 1989 and would run successfully until November 2005. The state joined Lotto*America in October 1990 and began to sell Powerball tickets in April 1992. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Indiana in January 2010.

Proceeds from the Hoosier Lottery are used to support pensions for police and firefighters across Indiana. Additional recipients of lottery funding include the Teachers’ Retirement Fund and the Build Indiana Fund. By the end of FY 2013, the Hoosier Lottery had allocated $4.3 billion to these great causes.


All Hoosier Lottery players must be at least 18 years old.

Indiana Lottery numbers and prize payout information for Hoosier Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5 and more. Are you a Hoosier Lottery winner?

Indiana Hoosier Lotto 6/46 Tips

About Hoosier Lotto Game

Indiana Hoosier Lotto was the first Indiana lottery starting in 1994, but in April 2016, they changed the game from 6/48 to a new Hoosier Plus game with a 6/46 number format. Because of this, we have to treat the game as a new game with limited history to work with. You choose six numbers from 1 to 46 to play Hoosier Lottery Plus. Tickets are now $2 each. The drawings are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a regular and a Plus drawing.

The game is a pick-6 Lotto game with jackpot odds of one in 9,366,819 (down from the previous odds of one in 12,271,512). That is quite an improvement over the odds of one in 292 million to win the Powerball jackpot! (Indiana Cash 5 is a much better bet.) The jackpot is set at $1 million for the first two draws and increases by $500,000 per draw until there is a winner. Thanks to the new built-in multiplier feature and +PLUS prize structure, players can expect to see both larger average jackpots and larger non-jackpot payouts. For an additional dollar, you can add the +PLUS feature for another chance to win because your numbers get to play against the second Plus drawing.

What Lotto Numbers Will Win?

Strategy Book

Below are free lotto tips to help you play the game smarter and win the lottery, taken from Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide. This is just a sample, and the book explains all of Smart Luck’s successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. It is a great starting place for any lotto player.

Strategy Software

Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, to automate the process of choosing the best numbers to play.

Lottery Strategies to Help You Win Hoosier Plus Lotto 6/46

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

How to WIN Hoosier Lottery 6/46


When you select your lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than one percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two odd and four even, or four odd and two even, or three odd and three even. One of these three patterns will occur in 83 percent of the drawings.


Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a 46-number game, numbers 1 to 23 would be in the low half, and numbers 24 to 46 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only two percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two high and four low, or four high and two low, or three high and three low. Winning number groups with these three patterns occur in 84 percent of all drawings.


Look at a list of past winning numbers for Indiana Hoosier Lotto, and you’ll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-46, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.


List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)


After you choose six numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the six numbers adds up to somewhere between 109 and 173. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.


In Hoosier Lotto 6/46, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing 58 percent of the time.


Numbers that have been out (losers) for five games or less account for about half of the winning numbers drawn. Losing numbers that have been out ten games or less account for 77 percent of all the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 6.


It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.

Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates


Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of people who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.

How to Get Lucky in Lotto


When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.


No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.

Win More Lottery Prizes with Wheeling

After you choose the best numbers with number strategies, you can improve your odds of winning larger prizes by using lotto wheeling systems. It’s simple, easy as A-B-C to wheel pick-6 lotto numbers using the Balanced Wheels in the Wheel Six Gold lottery software. You get a minimum win guarantee with every wheel!

Lottery Wheels


Balanced Wheeling ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.

It’s true that the more hoosier numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in your game. In Indiana Hoosier Lotto Plus, that means wheeling less than 28 of the 46 total numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of lotto numbers.


Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in the Lottery Master Guide.

Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® number selection methods. You can use a FREE interactive Balanced Wheel ® System that won multiple jackpots. Read about our lottery winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with Smart Luck lotto systems, tell us about it so you can be added to Gail Howard’s growing list of winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, we will honor that.

Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.


Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Hoosier Lotto +Plus 6/46, with four drawings a week, a set of 6 numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 45,033 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”


Six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any state or international lotto game. Smart Luck has all the drawing results for more than 190 state and international lottery games, going back more than fifty years! Even five consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.


Never choose all six numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All six winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.


The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5-6. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.


Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.


Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25-30 and 7-14-21-28-35-42.


Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33-43, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with three last digits the same occur in less than 3 percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.


The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Hoosier Lotto +Plus 6/46 has 46 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include a couple of high numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.


Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.

In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend

The shortest, easiest way to search for Lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold is the best lotto strategy software which has a vast assortment of charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data for the IN 646 Hoosier Lottery Game.

Win with Lotto Software and Books

See all Smart Luck lottery software and lotto books or the full lottery product guide and list of best Indiana lottery software and books to use for Indiana Hoosier Lotto. Also see the references on the right side of this page: products to use for Indiana Hoosier Lotto+, many articles for more info on understanding lottery strategy and the concepts of lotto wheeling, links to our free wheels for Indiana Hoosier Lotto, and more!

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