The Official Lottery

Official lottery is a government-sanctioned form of gambling that states use to raise money for their budgets. The lottery is a fixture in American society, and people spend upwards of $100 billion annually on tickets. States promote lotteries to voters by saying that buying a ticket isn’t a waste of your hard-earned cash, it’s a way to save the children. The problem with this message is that it obscures how regressive and harmful the lottery is for low-income Americans.

In addition to the main lotto draw, New York also offers two daily game options – Take5 and Powerball. You can find information on these games, including prizes and rules, on the NY Lottery website. You can also buy tickets online.

Camelot undertook a significant rebranding in May 2002, with the lotto’s main games being renamed as Lotto and Lotto Extra and the stylised crossed-fingers logo being modified. The addition of Lotto Extra was intended to boost sales and the jackpot prize was increased to £25 million.

Lottery winners are required to sign a claim form, provide identifying information and, where applicable, an affidavit. If you are winning a prize in trust, the trustee must submit a copy of the beneficiary’s proof of identity or US Social Security number (see Details on State Lottery Laws). Information about winners is published as soon as possible after the draw. In the event of any discrepancy, official results prevail over any numbers posted on this website.