Lottery games are very popular in the United States with more than 50% of the population playing the various games enthusiastically. There are lotteries like U.S. Powerball, which is known for its huge jackpot amount. The New York Lottery is the third-oldest modern lottery game in the US started in 1967 and people love to play it. Puerto Rico Lottery, started in 1934, holds the title of being the oldest lottery game in the US followed by New Hampshire Lottery started in 1964. The New York State Gaming Commission holds the responsibility of running and regulating the New York Lottery.
Can one play New York lottery online?
Yes, you can play the game online, but you are betting against the result. Lottery platforms like Lottoland offer all major international lotteries of the world and all you have to do is register, choose a credit package and start playing. With online mode, the geographical limitations cease to act and lottery players all over the globe get access to all the lotteries happening anywhere in the world, including India. You can play the NY Lotto tickets online as long as you have an internet connection and a device - smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet.
Online plays are less time consuming, as everything is available to you on the go. Additionally, you do not have to worry about losing the ticket, as the ticket stays in your account and Lottoland will call you in case you win the jackpot!
How to play New York lottery?
The current format that New York Lottery follows is a 6/59+1. It means that the player needs to select 6 numbers from the 1-59 guess range and then another additional ball is known as the bonus ball from the same pool. The prize structure for NY Lotto is simple with only second prize category getting affected by the bonus ball. The jackpots are won by matching only 6 main balls. A person can choose numbers based on his or her own guesswork or else you can make use of quick pick for random selection.
Rules, winning odds and prizes:
The draw for the New York Lottery happens twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday at 8.51 AM (IST). Draws are broadcast live on TV where six balls are drawn from the pool of 59 balls and then, a Bonus Ball is drawn from the same pool.
The odds stand at 1 in 45,0574.74 lakhs per line. As the play consists of a minimum of two lines, the jackpot winning odds are 1 in 276 lakhs. As mentioned above, in NY lottery, the jackpot is won if all the six main numbers are matched with the drawn numbers. However, for the second prize, the 5 main numbers need to match along with the bonus ball number with the drawn numbers. This is the only category of the prize where the bonus ball is considered. The odds for this category of the prize are 1 in 75 lakhs.
For lower category prizes, minimum of 3, 4 or 5 main balls numbers need to match. The more the matched numbers, the better the prize amount.
Coming to rules of NY Lottery, the winners get 12 days from the date of the draw to claim their prizes. You have to be 18+ to participate. The minimum guaranteed jackpot amount is INR 14 crore, which can be taken as a lump sum or in 26 graduated payments. So far, the biggest sum of money that anyone has won in this lottery is INR 35 crores.
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