California Lottery - Super Lotto Plus

One of the Largest US Lotteries - the Super LOTTO PLUS - from California Lottery.

The California Lottery run by the California State Lottery commenced operations in November 1984 after the citizens of the state voted in favour of the creation of a state lottery. The lottery was created with the intention of providing at least 34% of its revenues to go towards public education, giving schools much needed additional resources to tap into.

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It was agreed that 84% of turnover would be passed back to the public either in the form of money for education or in prizes so with the education percentage now allocated, that leaves 50% that returns to the public in prize money.

That leaves 16% of turnover remaining which is used for the running and administering of the California Lotto.

The California Lottery runs numerous different lottery games including the tv game show Make Me A Millionaire, various instant lottery scratch card games, Daily 3, Daily 4, Daily Derby, Fantasy Five, Hot Spot and the one which we’re going to be reviewing here ... Super Lotto Plus.

Super Lotto Plus Overview

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The Super Lotto is one of many different games that California Lottery has to offer and is their primary lottery game – it is another lottery that we have taken pleasure in reviewing and we are happy to recommend to anyone wishing to takepart in.

The Super Lotto has more players than any state lottery in the U.S.A. and offers jackpots which are pretty difficult to beat.

Super Lotto Plus is a game played in a similar way to Mega Millions and began in the year 2000 succeeding its predecessor California Super Lotto.

The SuperLotto is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 7.57pm PST. The minimum jackpot payout is set at $7 million USD and this increases every time the lotto is not won by “rolling over” and had reached record figures in this manner.

How It Works

Super Lotto players are required to select 5 main numbers from a pool of balls numbered 1 to 47 and then a “Mega Number” from a separate pool of balls numbered 1 to 27.

To win the jackpot you will need to match all 5 main numbers plus the "Mega Number" in any order with the 6 numbers drawn.

The other option you have as a player when picking your SuperLotto Plus numbers is to use the "QuickPick" box and allow the computer terminal to automatically select either your main 5 numbers, your "Mega Number" or both.

This is similar to the way the Lucky Dip works with the UK National Lottery and Europe’s Euromillions.

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There are 9 separate ways in which you can match numbers and win on this lucrative CA Lotto.

Apart from the jackpot itself, other prizes are there to be won for matching all 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers or 3 main numbers.

You also win if you match 4 main numbers plus the "Mega Number", 3 main numbers plus the “Mega Number”, 2 main numbers plus the "Mega Number" and even when matching just 1 main number plus the "Mega Number".

You even win when you match only the “Mega Number” and no main numbers.

It costs $1.00 per entry into the California Lottery Super Lotto Plus.

Who Can Play?

As with most lotteries in the U.S.A., in the past, only citizens living in the State of California were allowed to play in any of the California Lottery games including the Super Lotto and tickets had to be purchased from a California based authorized retailer.

Now, however, you are able to pick your Super Lotto numbers online and purchase your tickets from online lottery ticket sales agents no matter where in the world you happen to live.

Fantastic news, of course, if you live outside of California and the U.S.A. but wish to play the Super Lotto, guarantee your entry into the next draw or just simply want to enjoy the convenience of getting your lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the lottery, you are then easily able to check the California Lottery results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of those lucky lottery winners.

The minimum age for a player to be eligible to purchase a California Lottery ticket is 18 years and this applies to any of the games available including the Super Lotto Plus.

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Information & Background

California Lottery has offered a number of Jackpot type games over the years starting off in 1986 with the 6/49 game which saw a few changes and became a 53 number game in 1990 and included a 7th “bonus” number.

It then changed to a 51 number game and remained so until the year 2000 when the current format was created.

So ... that brings us up to date and the present matrix which is 1 from 47 and 1 from 27 which was then formed in the year 2000.

The new and latest game format was called the California Super Lotto which has since been renamed the Super Lotto Plus.

All California Lotto prizes need to be claimed within 180 days of the draw taking place so you need to make sure that you do this within that time-frame.

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If your prize is under $600, you can collect this from either a lottery retailer or from the California Lottery itself. Any prize over $600 will need to be collected direct from the lottery.

Tax-wise, state tax is not applicable on California Lottery winnings. They are eligible for federal tax though which is paid at the rate of 25% for U.S. citizens and 30% for non U.S. citizens.

You can watch the Super Lotto Plus draw unfold twice per week on your local television station – it is broadcast on many stations across the state.

What Are The Odds?

The odds of winning the Super Lotto Plus jackpot are 1 in 41 million which when compared to the multi state lotteries are quite favorable.

The likelihood of winning one of the 2nd tier prizes comes down to 1 in 1.59 million with the 3rd tier prize odds standing at 1 in 197 thousand.

The overall chances of winning any prize in the SuperLotto are a very respectable 1 in 23. Not bad at all.

Record Jackpots

The minimum jackpot offered every draw is $7 million but this often reaches much higher figures due to the amount of times the lottery can "roll over" when the top prize is not won.

On February 16, 2002, the California Lottery's Super Lotto produced the then-highest payout of $193 million which was won after "rolling over" 11 times by three winning tickets.

Quite frequently the Super Lotto Plus creates the largest jackpot available in any U.S.A. lottery on a given week such as in February 2009 when the jackpot reached $76 million and was won by a single ticket.

How Are Jackpots Paid?

California Lotto jackpot winners have a choice in how they are able to receive their winnings. They can choose to have either a single cash lump sum payment or an annuity prize.

Should you win the lottery jackpot with Super Lotto Plus and choose to receive an annuity as opposed to a lump sum, the winnings would be paid to you in 26 graduated payments over a 26 year period.

In terms of value, the lump sum payment that you would receive as a Jackpot lottery winner would generally be roughly 50% to 60% of the total that you would receive if you had chosen to take the annuity option of the yearly payments.

Increasing Annuities

The annuity option differs from many other U.S.A. lotteries in that the payments are not equal each year but are graduated. Every year the payment is slightly higher than the previous year – ending up with the penultimate 25th payment being double that of the first.

If you are lucky enough to win the California Lottery jackpot, you will need to make the choice as to whether to take the lump sum or the annuity within 60 days of selecting the correct winning lottery numbers.

This changed back in 2005 as a benefit to players as prior to that, the choice of lump sum or annuity would have had to been made at the time you had purchased your ticket.

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