New York Lotto

Lotteries based in New York can be traced back to the 19th century, when their revenue was used to fund various public and non-public services, including road building, repairing canals and developing industry. In November 1966, New Yorkers voted to approve a government-run lottery, and the New York Lotto was born.

Today the revenue generated by New York lottery goes towards educational causes, and in 2011-12 the New York Lotto reported a profit of $2.9 billion, all of which went to support education in New York State. Its catchy advertising slogan is “Hey, You Never Know”.

New York Lotto Draw Schedule

The New York Lotto is drawn twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evening at approximately 23.21 ET in Schenectady. They are available to view on various television stations across New York including WBNG, WSYR and WHAM. However, if you reside out of State or you missed the televised drawing, New York Lotto results will be available to view here shortly afterwards.

How to Play and Win the New York Lotto

To play the New York Lotto, players must first choose six numbers from a possible 1 - 59, then one final Bonus Ball from the same matrix. Players can win a prize on the New York Lotto by matching from three numbers to all six, and the Bonus Ball will help players win an extra secondary tier prize when they match five numbers and the Bonus. There are five different prize tiers in total. In order to win the jackpot, players must match all size numbers. Jackpot winners can opt to take their cash in a lump sum upfront, or over 26 annual annuity payments.

Unlike some lotteries, in the New York Lotto the Bonus Ball is drawn out of the same drum as the main numbers, so statistically the odds of winning are not as high as in some US lotteries, with an overall 1 in 46 chances of winning a prize.

The New York Lotto also hosts several other lottery games, including the Sweet Million, which is drawn on a Monday and Thursday, and the Pick 10, which is held daily.