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What types of lottery are in Florida?

Florida offers a wide variety of lottery games for residents and visitors to play. The Florida Lottery is run by the state government and offers games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Florida Lotto, Fantasy 5, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, and various scratch-off instant games. Let’s take a closer look at each type of lottery game available in the Sunshine State.

Multi-State Jackpot Games

Florida participates in two of the biggest multi-state lottery jackpot games in the United States: Powerball and Mega Millions. These games are played in 45+ states and offer some of the biggest lottery jackpots in the world. Here are some key details about playing Powerball and Mega Millions in Florida:

  • Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and roll over if there is no jackpot winner. The record Powerball jackpot is $1.586 billion shared by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee in January 2016.
  • Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million and roll over if there is no jackpot winner. The record Mega Millions jackpot is $1.537 billion won by a single ticket in South Carolina in October 2018.
  • Tickets for both games cost $2 per play. Players choose 5 main numbers from 1-69 and 1 Powerball number from 1-26 for Powerball. For Mega Millions, players pick 5 main numbers from 1-70 and 1 Mega Ball number from 1-25.
  • The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24 for Powerball and 1 in 24 for Mega Millions. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million for both games.
  • Drawings are held twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m. ET.
  • In addition to the jackpot, there are 8 other prize tiers in Powerball ranging from $4 to $1 million. Mega Millions also has 8 other prize levels ranging from $2 to $1 million.
  • Tickets can be purchased at over 13,000 Florida Lottery retailers across the state.

Floridians have won some massive jackpots playing Powerball and Mega Millions over the years. Some big recent winners include the $396.9 million Powerball ticket sold in Hialeah in 2014 and the $451 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Port Richey in 2018. Both of these jackpots were split by multiple winning tickets.

Florida Lotto

Along with participating in the big multi-state games, the Florida Lottery also offers an in-state jackpot game called Florida Lotto. Here are the key details about playing Florida Lotto:

  • Florida Lotto jackpots start at $500,000 and roll over if there is no jackpot winner.
  • To play, choose 6 numbers from 1 to 53.
  • Tickets cost $1 per play.
  • Drawings are held twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 8.
  • In addition to the jackpot, there are several other prize levels: match 5 numbers for $1,489, match 4 numbers for $88, match 3 numbers for $6.
  • The biggest Florida Lotto jackpot ever was $106.5 million in 2010.

Florida Lotto produces some big winners, but jackpots are smaller than Powerball and Mega Millions. It’s an easy pick-6 style game and only available to play within Florida. Many locals have made Florida Lotto part of their regular lottery routine.

Fantasy 5

Fantasy 5 is another Florida-only daily lottery game administered by the Florida Lottery. Here is an overview:

  • Players choose 5 numbers from 1 to 36.
  • Tickets cost just 50 cents per play.
  • Drawings are held nightly at approximately 11:15 p.m.
  • If there is no jackpot winner, the top prize rolls over to the next drawing.
  • Match all 5 numbers to win the jackpot, which starts at $50,000.
  • The overall odds of winning are 1 in 575,757.
  • Fantasy 5 produces over 200,000 winners each week on average.

Fantasy 5 generates frequent lower-tier winners thanks to the game’s low price point and good odds. Jackpots also grow quickly since drawings are daily. It’s a popular choice for Floridians wanting to play an easy pick-5 game for big jackpots.

Pick 2/Pick 3/Pick 4/Pick 5

For lottery players who enjoy playing numbers games with smaller prizes, Florida offers Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5. These “pick” games have players choose numbers and match them in exact order to win prizes up to $50,000. Here are some further details on these games:

  • In Pick 2, choose 2 digits from 0 to 9.
  • In Pick 3, choose 3 digits from 0 to 9.
  • In Pick 4, choose 4 digits from 0 to 9.
  • In Pick 5, choose 5 digits from 0 to 9.
  • Tickets cost 50 cents, $1, $2, or $5 depending on the play type.
  • Drawings are held twice daily.
  • Match numbers in exact order to win prizes ranging from $20 to $50,000.
  • Overall odds range from 1 in 100 for Pick 2 to 1 in 100,000 for Pick 5.

Pick games appeal to players who want to choose their own numbers and have complete control over prize wins. They offer small prizes for matching just a few numbers, making for frequent winners.

Scratch-Off Games

Instant lottery scratch-off games round out the Florida Lottery’s range of offerings. With colorful tickets and prizes up to $15 million, scratch-offs have wide appeal across the state. Here’s an overview of scratch-off games in Florida:

  • Over 60 different scratch-off games are available at a time.
  • Tickets range from $1 to $50 per play.
  • Scratch off the coating on the ticket to reveal symbols and numbers.
  • Match the symbols or numbers to the game legend to win prizes.
  • Prizes might be instantly won or revealed later at lottery offices.
  • Top prizes range from $50,000 on $1 tickets to $15 million on $50 tickets.
  • New scratch-off games are introduced regularly as old ones sell out.
  • Odds of winning vary by price point and top prize size.

Floridians purchase over $4 billion in scratch-off tickets every year. They offer instant excitement and appeal to impulse buyers. The Florida Lottery uses scratch games to generate high revenue for education funding in the state.

Where Does Florida Lottery Revenue Go?

The Florida Lottery was established in 1988 by a constitutional amendment to raise additional money for public education. By law, lottery proceeds can only be used to support improvements and enhancements for Florida’s schools and students. In the 2022 fiscal year, the Florida Lottery contributed over $2.2 billion to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

Here is a breakdown of major educational initiatives funded by Florida Lottery revenue:

  • Bright Futures Scholarships – awarded to Florida high school students who qualify based on GPA and test scores.
  • Florida College Grants – need-based aid for students attending public colleges and universities in Florida.
  • Voluntary Prekindergarten – free pre-K education for 4-year-olds in Florida.
  • K-12 Public Schools – funds used for building improvements, technology upgrades, new buses, and other capital expenses.
  • Florida Universities – money directed to Florida’s 12 public universities to fund programs and scholarships.

Beyond education, a small portion of lottery funds also support Department of Health initiatives like drug abuse education and Department of Elder Affairs programs for senior independent living.

Since inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $40 billion to public education. Its revenue has become vital for supporting schools, students, and educational programs across the state. The lottery’s motto sums it up: “Benefiting Education in Florida.”

Which Florida Lottery Games are Best?

With so many lottery options, how do you choose what to play in Florida? Here are some tips for selecting your best games:

  • Play jackpot games when pots are high. Buying Powerball and Mega Millions when jackpots exceed $300 million offers the best chance for life-changing wins.
  • Go for Fantasy 5 for better odds. Matching 5 of 36 numbers provides more reasonable odds than Powerball or Mega Millions.
  • Try Pick games for targeted numbers. Their fixed prize structure gives exact win odds for your picked numbers.
  • Play new scratch-offs at higher price points. Newly released $20 and $50 scratch-off games have some of the biggest prizes still available.
  • Take advantage of promotions. Special Second Chance contests and Buy One Get One Free ticket offers increase your odds.

Beyond these tips, choosing lottery games comes down to personal preference. Some players always stick to their favorite games while others like to mix it up and dabble across the different options.

Lottery Game Strategies and Tips

While lottery wins come down to chance, there are some strategies players use to try boosting their odds. Here are a few lottery playing tips used by players in Florida:

  • Join an office pool to buy more tickets and gain more number coverage when jackpots are high.
  • Use key dates like birthdays, anniversaries, and lucky numbers when picking your own numbers.
  • Mix up your choices – don’t use all one number grouping or consecutive numbers.
  • Buy consecutive tickets from the same book which may have similar numbers.
  • Check your tickets thoroughly – many prizes go unclaimed when people don’t realize they’ve won.
  • Join a rewards program to earn free tickets and contest entries for loyal play.

It’s important to keep perspective that these tips don’t actually increase your mathematical odds. Lottery games are strictly games of chance no matter how you play them. But some people find them helpful to make the experience more fun.

Finding a Reputable Lottery Retailer

When buying lottery tickets in Florida, you want to find a reputable retailer. Here are tips for finding a trusted source:

  • Play at high traffic locations like grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores.
  • Avoid sellers advertising “winning tickets” or offering to check your tickets.
  • See if the store displays a Lottery license and signage.
  • Ask the clerk to scan your ticket to confirm it’s valid.
  • Check reviews and complaints with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Go with your instinct – if something seems suspicious, find a different seller.

The Florida Lottery has strict requirements for its retailers. But it’s still important for players to remain vigilant so they don’t get scammed.

Getting Help for Gambling Problems

While most people play the lottery responsibly for entertainment, there are risks of developing a gambling addiction. If you or someone you know shows signs of problem gambling, help is available:

  • Call the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling hotline 24/7 at 888-ADMIT-IT.
  • Seek treatment from therapists who specialize in gambling addiction.
  • Join a support group like Gamblers Anonymous to connect with others struggling with addiction.
  • Use software to block access to lottery and gambling websites.
  • Set a budget and have someone monitor spending to catch issues early.

Signs of problem gambling include: constantly thinking about gambling, betting more money to try to win back losses (“chasing”), relying on gambling for income or bill payment, hiding gambling from others, taking out loans to gamble, and experiencing anxiety or irritation when trying to cut back.

Florida lottery games are meant to be fun entertainment for adults. But for some, it can turn into a serious addiction. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if gambling becomes more than just casual play.


The Florida Lottery offers a wide lineup of draw and scratch-off games to appeal to every type of player. Multistate jackpot games like Powerball and Mega Millions offer life-changing top prizes. In-state games like Florida Lotto, Fantasy 5, and daily Pick games provide other ways to win with better odds. And a rotating cast of colorful scratch-offs deliver instant excitement. All Florida Lottery games contribute to funding vital education initiatives across the state.

There are many strategies players use, but ultimately lottery winners come down to random luck. When playing responsibly with a budget, Florida Lottery games can provide tons of entertainment and dreams of hitting it big. Just be sure to buy tickets from reputable sellers. And if gambling becomes problematic, resources are available to get back on track.

With jackpots starting at $20 million and prizes up to $15 million, it’s easy to see the appeal of testing your luck with the Florida Lottery. Just play responsibly and remember that supporting education is the real win.