Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery gives you the chance to win a life-changing amount of money. You can also win instant cash on a range of scratch-offs and quick-play games.

There are 10 lottery draw games available – some carrying estimated jackpots worth over $300 million. That group of games includes individual state lottery draws such as Florida Lotto as well as multi-state games like Powerball and Mega Millions.

Florida player can purchase lottery tickets and scratch-offs as long as they are at least 18 years old.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular games happening right now.

How to play the Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery offers two types of games: draw games and scratch-off tickets. Tickets and scratchers are available at over 13,000 stores and outlets across Florida. You can obtain your tickets through an electronic terminal for super-fast play.

There are seven terminal games and nearly 80 scratch-offs to play. You can also purchase a Grouper ticket for $5. The Grouper consists of four individual drawing tickets: Florida Lotto, Jackpot Triple Play, Pick 3 Straight/Box and Fantasy 5.

Can I play the Florida Lottery online?

Quick and simple answer: No. A little longer answer: Kind of, but not how you think.

The lottery does no offer a means to play or purchase tickets over the internet, nor does it send tickets by mail.

Players can only purchase lottery tickets from one of the more than 13,000 authorized retailers scattered throughout Florida.

That said, the lottery does boast a mobile app that allows players to capitalize on a few perks, including:

  • View current winning numbers and jackpots
  • Search past winning numbers and payouts
  • View scratch-off game details and remaining prizes
  • Scan ticket barcodes to determine if you are a winner
  • Create and save your favorite numbers for future draws
  • Find the nearest Florida Lottery retailer
  • Enter second-chance drawings
  • Create and store digital playslips on your device
  • Scan your digital playslip at a retailer to purchase tickets

Multi-state draw games in Florida

The Florida Lottery sells tickets for a range of draw games, including a few noteworthy multi-state titles that cost as little as $1.

Powerball

Drawings:  Wednesday & Saturday, 10:59 p.m. ET

Powerball is one of the most popular lottery drawings in the US. It is played across multiple states, so the top jackpots can reach record-breaking sums. Florida began offering Powerball in 2009, becoming the 32nd US state to do so.

Powerball costs $2 to enter and requires players to select five numbers between 1 and 69 as well as a Powerball number from 1 to 26. At the Florida Lottery terminal, you can also choose a Quick Pick option to have the machine select your numbers at random.

The Power Play option costs $1 and multiplies non-jackpot prizes up to ten times their values.

Matching only the Powerball number earns a $4 prize, while matching all five regular numbers equals a $1 million payday. Enjoy a jackpot by matching all five regular numbers plus the Powerball.

Mega Millions

Drawings: Tuesday & Friday, 11:00 p.m. ET

Mega Millions became Florida’s second multi-state lottery draw in 2013. Players from 44 states take part in the weekly draws.

Like Powerball, the Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million. This sum increases by at least $5 million after each rollover.

At a cost of $2 to play, Mega Millions asks players to select five numbers between 1 and 70, plus a Mega Ball number between 1 and 25. You can also select a Megaplier, which is chosen at random before the draw, for an extra $1. Non-jackpot prizes are multiplied 2 to 5 times.

You win $2 if you match the Mega Ball only; $10,000 if you match four regular white numbers, plus the Mega Ball; $1 million by matching five white balls; and at least $40 million if you match all five white balls and the Mega Ball.

Cash4Life

Drawings: Monday & Thursday, 9:00 p.m. ET

Cash4Life, costing $2 to play, works as the name suggests: You receive money every day for the rest of your life if you hit the top prize.

To play, select five numbers from 1 to 60, plus a Cash Ball number from 1 to 4. You win $1,000 a day for life if you match all five white numbers and the green Cash Ball number.

You can claim $365,000 a year for a minimum of 20 years if you win the top prize. Alternatively, you can opt for a one-off cash payment of $7,000,000.

State draw games in Florida

In addition to multi-state draw games, the Florida Lottery also offers state-specific draw games.

Florida Lotto

Drawings: Wednesday & Saturday, 11:15 p.m. ET

Florida Lotto is the Sunshine State’s original lottery draw. Tickets cost $1, and the top jackpot seeds at $2 million.

Florida Lotto offers an EZmatch option that gives you the opportunity to win instant cash prizes. If any of your six EZmatch numbers match any of the draw numbers, you win the cash prize displayed on your ticket.

Look out for the XTRA option, too. For an extra $1, your non-jackpot winning prizes are multiplied.

You can claim the prize at a Florida Lottery retailer if you win $600 or less. For prizes over $600, claims must go directly to the Florida Lottery office.

Jackpot Triple Play

Drawings: Tuesday & Friday, 11:15 p.m. ET

In Jackpot Triple Play, you purchase three sets of numbers for just $1. You can also pay another $1 and combine your number matches.

Select six numbers from 1 to 46, pay $1, and go for the Combo box option. This gives you a chance to win up to $10,000 in addition to your regular win.

You win $1 if you match three numbers on any one line, $500 for matching five numbers on a line, and the maximum jackpot for matching six is $2 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the top prize rolls over to the following draw.

Fantasy 5

Drawings: Daily, 11:15 p.m. ET

To play Fantasy 5, select five numbers from 1 to 36. Tickets cost $1. Five numbers are drawn, and you win the top prize by matching all five.

Fantasy 5 is a pari-mutuel game where the prizes vary depending on how many players have purchased tickets. However, prizes are awarded as single cash payments.

You can also pay an extra $1 and select the EZmatch box. EZmatch was added to the game in 2006. If you match any of your random EZmatch numbers to the Fantasy 5 numbers, you win an instant cash prize as displayed on your ticket.

Pick 5

Drawings: Twice daily, 1:30 p.m./9:45 p.m. ET

Pick 5 is among a handful of local Florida Lottery draws, but it is not pari-mutuel. Instead, it offers set payouts depending on what numbers you choose.

Drawings for Pick 5 take place twice a day, and play consists of selecting one number from five columns for a total of five numbers. The top Pick 5 prize is $50,000.

Tickets cost either $0.50 or $1. You can play the Straight, Box or Straight/Box. A Straight is your numbers in exact order, while a Box is your numbers in any order.

Pick 4

Drawings: Twice daily, 1:30 p.m./9:45 p.m. ET

PICK 4 costs $0.50 or $1 to play. Similar to the above game, Pick 4 costs either $0.50 or $1, but it only asks players to choose one number from each of four columns instead of five. You win prizes by matching the numbers drawn in order (Straight) or in any order (Box).

You can also pay for 1-off digits for a chance to score up to $2,500. The Combo bet costs between $2 and $24 and covers all Straight combinations of a four-digit number.

Pick 3

Drawings: Twice daily, 1:30 p.m./9:45 p.m. ET

Pick 3 is a smaller variant of Pick 4. Pay $1 and select three numbers from three columns. You get a top prize of $500 if you choose the Combo and cover the six-way option.

In Pick 3, you can also select a Front Pair and Back Pair for more chances to win.

Pick 2

Drawings: Twice daily, 1:30 p.m./9:45 p.m. ET

In Pick 2, you can win a top prize of $50. To play, select a number from 0 to 9 on each of the two columns. You win $25 for a $0.50 ticket and $50 for a $1 ticket if you match both numbers in order (Straight).

A Box (matching both numbers in any order) can net you $12.50 or $25.

Florida Lottery instant-win games

Florida Lottery scratch-offs award prizes from $50 to over $1 million. Each ticket comes with several prize levels depending on the game.

The cost to play scratch-offs in Florida start at $1 and can go as high as $30. Playing is as simple as scratching off the coating on the ticket to see if you won.

Look out for Fast Play scratch-offs, too. These are instant-play, instant-win games that are available at every Florida Lottery outlet in the state. Fast Play games cost between $1 and $5 and carry a maximum prize worth $50,000.

You can also enter non-winning scratch-offs into second-chance drawings, which can reward cash, bonus plays and various other prizes.

Types of scratch-off games in Florida include:

  • $1 games: There are 21 $1 scratch-offs available in Florida. The best one is the $10,000 Gold Rush Doubler with its prize multipliers.
  • $2 games: For an extra dollar, you can take a shot at a $50,000 top prize in the Flamingo Multiplier game. You win five times the prize shown if you scratch off the “5X” symbol.
  • $3 games: Florida Lottery’s $3 scratch-offs are more involved. Look out for Scrabble, which is based on the popular board game. Scratch off the letters on the board and win prizes for matching letters and words from your tile rack. Scrabble carries a maximum jackpot of $50,000.
  • $5 games: You can play 18 scratch-offs with a $5 price tag. Flamingo Multiplier is the best-paying with a jackpot worth $500,000.
  • $10 games: The top prizes get into six figures when you pay $10 for a scratch-off. You can win a $2,000,000 jackpot in Gold Rush Doubler, 24 Karat Cash and Gold Rush Classic games.
  • $20 games: There are five Florida Lottery scratch-offs that carry a $20 price tag. You can win $5,000,000 in Gold Rush Classic.
  • $30 games: There are two $30 scratch-off games for big spenders. Billion Gold Rush Supreme offers a top jackpot of $15,000,000. Match any of your numbers to the prize shown for that number and multiply that total by revealing 5X or 10X symbols.

Top 3 winners in Florida Lottery history

While the Florida Lottery has handed out over $73 billion in prizes over the years, three of the luckiest parties highlight all winners in the Sunshine State.

May 18, 2013

Gloria Mackenzie won a cool $590.5 million via Powerball, becoming the only winner of that month’s rollover. At the time, it was the biggest solo jackpot in US lottery history.

January 13, 2016

In 2016, one lucky Florida couple took away a share of a historic $1.59 billion Powerball jackpot. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith banked $327.8 million, splitting the billion-dollar pot with winners from Tennessee and California.

January 5, 2018

20-year-old resident of Port Richey at the time, Shane Missler called it an early retirement after claiming the $451 million Mega Millions Jackpot. At the time, it stood as the fourth-largest win in the multi-state lottery’s 15-year history.

History of the Florida Lottery and laws

The Florida Lottery has been raising funds for public education programs in the Sunshine State since rolling out its first game in 1988, a $1 Millionaire scratch-off.

A large percentage of ticket sales goes to the Education Enhancement Trust Fund. Since the Florida Lottery launched, it has raised over $39 billion for public school projects and awarded over $73 billion in prizes.

The Florida Lottery withholds a 24% federal tax from any prizes worth over $5,000 if the winner is a Sunshine State resident.

Florida Lottery FAQ

Can I play the Florida Lottery online?

No. State law does not allow the Florida Lottery to offer online versions of its games. In addition, the lottery cannot sell tickets online, nor can they mail or fax tickets. To play Florida Lottery games, players must visit any of the 13,000 authorized retailers in the state.

How old do I have to be to play Florida Lottery?

Players must be at least 18 years old to purchase Florida Lottery games and redeem prizes.

I just won playing the Florida Lottery. Do I have to pay taxes?

Yes, but only federal. The IRS requires the Florida Lottery to withhold a 24% federal tax on prizes greater than $5,000 if the winner is a citizen of the US with a Social Security Number. Such a tax is not required for prizes less than that total. Florida is one of just a few states that doesn’t require winners of any prize to pay state taxes on winnings.

Where can I claim my Florida Lottery winnings?

For prizes of less than $600, players can claim winnings at any authorized lottery retailer. Winners of prizes between $600 and $250,000 — as well as Mega Millions and Powerball prizes of over $1 million — must be redeemed at one of the Florida Lottery district offices.

How long do I have to claim my Florida Lottery winnings?

Winning prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the game’s draw date. If players choose the cash payout option, they must claim winnings within 60 days of the draw.

Can I remain anonymous if I win the Florida Lottery?

No. In Florida, the lottery divulges player names, which game they won, what city they’re from and the date of the lottery win. Only players’ telephone numbers and home addresses remain confidential. That said, for big prizes, a lawyer could help you claim winnings through a trust in order to maintain anonymity.