New York Lottery – How to Play the Official Lottery

Lotteries are a form of gambling that involves the drawing of numbers at random for prizes. They are regulated by governments and vendors must be licensed to sell lottery tickets.

Official lottery games can be played online or at live bingo halls. Some people may choose to place their bets on the lottery through lottery betting websites, but this is not an official lottery ticket.

In the United States, 45 jurisdictions, including Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands operate state-run lotteries. They offer various instant win and drawing games unique to each jurisdiction, as well as games spanning larger geographical footprints that are offered in multiple states. The two largest national lotteries, Mega Millions and Powerball, have jackpots that reach billions of dollars.

The New York State Lottery offers a range of draw games and scratch-offs, as well as special statewide and local lottery events. You can also play for bonus cash and other prizes by collecting special symbols or filling a Play Card.

While playing the New York State Lottery, you will be subject to federal and state tax withholdings. Winning tickets are taxable as income and must be claimed within 30 days of purchase.

To claim your prize, you must present the winning ticket in person at the New York State Lottery headquarters located at 321 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Alternatively, you can visit a lottery retailer in your area or use our free mobile app for iOS and Android users.