New York Lotto 6/59 game information:

Drawings are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:21p.m. Eastern Time.
 You can play New York Lotto online through our web site until 2:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday and Friday. This gives us sufficient time to purchase your New York Lotto tickets prior to the drawing and confirm the purchase of your tickets. You are the sole owner of each ticket we have purchased at a state licensed New York Lotto retailer in your name and on your behalf.

Players pick 6 numbers between 1 and 59. Players win prizes for matching three, four, five, five plus bonus ball or all six numbers "Jackpot". The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 45 million.

The minimum New York Lotto jackpot is $2 million. The jackpot prize will continoue to grow until there is a first prize winning ticket. See prize structure for more details and odds.

The advertised jackpot amount reflects the "annuity option". Here the jackpot prize is paid in 25 annual installments. The "cash option" pays the jackpot prize in one lump sum and will be approximately half the advertised jackpot. Winning New York Lotto tickets are valid for one year. Please see the "Game Help" on how to claim winning tickets.

New York Lotto prizes and odds
Match Prize Odds
6 of 6 Jackpot Pari-mutuel 1:45,057,474.00
5 of 6 plus bonus Pari-mutuel 1:7,509,579.00
5 of 6 Pari-mutuel 1:144,414.98
4 of 6 Pari-mutuel 1:2,179.85
3 of 6 $1.00 1:96.17

The top four prize categories are pari-mutuel, which means the actual amount will vary and depends on the actual sales and the number of winners in each prize category.