California Lottery

The California Lottery SuperLotto Plus is a lottery game that has been played in the state of California since the year 2000, but it has its roots in other California lottery games dating back to 1986. Until 2005, when the state joined the Mega Millions multi-state lottery, California SuperLotto Plus was the biggest lottery that Californians could participate in. Even now, after several years of Mega Millions participation, the California SuperLotto game continues to be very popular.

How to Play California Super Lotto Plus

The California SuperLotto Plus game is played twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players are required to select five main numbers from the range 1 to 47 and one Mega number from the range 1 to 27. Any player who matches all five main numbers and the Mega number wins the jackpot, and if more than one player achieves this the jackpot is shared equally between them. Entries cost $1 each and the jackpot is always worth at least $7 million.

There are nine California SuperLotto Plus prize levels, including the jackpot, as shown in the table below:

Numbers Matched

Odds of Winning

5 main numbers + Mega

1 in 41,416,353

5 main numbers

1 in 1,592,937

4 main numbers + Mega

1 in 197,221

4 main numbers

1 in 7,585

3 main numbers + Mega

1 in 4,810

3 main numbers

1 in 185

2 main numbers + Mega

1 in 361

1 main numberĀ  + Mega

1 in 74

Mega number only

1 in 49

The overall odds of winning any California SuperLotto Plus prize are 1 in 23. Players must be aged 18 or over to participate.

Big California Lottery Winners

If the California SuperLotto Plus jackpot is not won then the prize is rolled over and added to the jackpot for the following draw. This means that some very large jackpots can be created after a few draws without a clear jackpot winner.

The largest California SuperLotto Plus jackpot won so far was worth $193 million. This was shared by three winning ticket-holders in March 2002.

All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the California SuperLotto Plus draw taking place. Failure to meet this deadline will result in any prize being forfeited, so it is always best to make any claim you are entitled to as soon as possible after the draw.