Florida Lotto 6/53 game information


Florida Lotto 6-of-49 tickets went on sale April 29, 1988. The first drawing occurred Saturday, May 7, 1988. The last drawing was on Saturday October 23, 1999.

Tickets for the new 6-of-53 lotto went on sale October, 24 1999. The first drawing occurred on Wednesday, October 27, 1999.

Drawings are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:15p.m. Eastern Time. You can play the Florida Lotto through our web site until 2:00PM Eastern Time on Wednesday and until 12:00 noon Eastern Time on Saturday. This gives us sufficient time to purchase your Florida 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 Florida Lotto retailer on your behalf.

For each Florida Lotto ticket simply pick six numbers between 1 and 53. Players win prizes for matching three, four, five or all six numbers (Jackpot). The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 23 million.

The minimum Florida Lotto jackpot starts at $2 million and has surpassed the $100 million mark. See prize structure for more details and odds.

The advertised jackpot amount reflects the "annuity option". The prize is paid in 30 annual installments. If the jackpot winner chooses to receive one lump sum payment "cash option". The prize will be approximately half the advertised jackpot. The jackpot prize must be claimed within 60 days of the drawing in order to select the "cash" option. Is the jackpot prize claimed later, the annuity payout will take effect automatically. Winning Florida Lotto tickets are valid for 180 days. Please see the "Game Help" on how to claim winning tickets. megawin.com does not offer the xtra option.

Fifty percent of total sales for each drawing is allocated for prize payments (the prize pool). From the prize pool, 67 percent is used to pay lotto jackpot winners (6-of-6), 5 percent is used to pay second-prize winners (5-of-6), 12 percent is used to pay third-prize winners (4-of-6), and the fourth prize category receives 16% (3-of-6). 34% of total sales go towards education in Florida.

Florida Lotto prizes and odds:
Match Prize Odds
6 of 6 Jackpot Pari-mutuel 1:22,957,480.0
5 of 6 Pari-mutuel 1:81,409.50
4 of 6 Pari-mutuel 1:1,415.82
3 of 6 Pari-mutuel 1:70.79
overall   1:67.36

All prizes are pari-mutuel this means the actual amount will vary and depends on the actual sales and the number of winners in each prize category.