||What Lottery games are available by subscription?
The Lottery currently offers two games by subscription, the Lotto
and Mega Millions games. In the future we plan to offer
subscriptions for other New York lottery games.
||Can I purchase a subscription through the Internet?
Yes, click here to subscribe to Lotto or Mega Millions
through our website using either a Credit Card or Checking/Savings Account as an acceptable
payment method. Some credit card issuers might impose
illegal fees and higher interest rates on Lottery purchases. The New
York Lottery does not impose those fees, and the credit card
companies and card issuers that charge them claim they are permitted
by federal law. Extra charges for buying a Lottery ticket are
prohibited by New York State law. Additionally, some credit card
issuers are erroneously blocking New York Lottery transactions. You
may wish to contact your credit card issuer prior to completing this
transaction. You can also subscribe by downloading
an application and mailing it to the address on the application.
||Can I play Lotto or Mega Millions by mail?
Yes, simply download a subscription application, include a check
or money order for the appropriate amount for the plan you choose
and mail it to the address on the application. Click here to
download a Lotto or Mega Millions application.
||Can I purchase a New York Lottery subscription if I live outside New York?
Yes. To purchase a subscription through the Lottery's
subscription center, you must access the subscription center from
a computer or other electronic device physically located within New
York State at the time of purchase.
To purchase a subscription by
mail, you must provide a New York State mailing address.
||If I purchase a New York Lottery subscription, can I receive credit or a refund for any unused portion of my subscription at any time?
No. The Lottery does not issue refunds or credit for any active subscriptions.
||Can I purchase several online subscriptions for Mega Millions and Lotto?
Yes. You can purchase multiple subscriptions for the Mega Millions and Lotto games through the Internet or by mail.
||What is a subscription confirmation?
When a subscription application is approved by the Lottery, the
subscriber is sent a confirmation letter or email indicating the
effective date (the date the subscription starts) and the expiration
date (the last date or drawing for which the subscription will be
active.) The confirmation includes the numbers played.
If you apply
for a subscription online you should receive a confirmation email
the next business day. An application received through the mail may
take up to 15 working days to process.
A subscription confirmation
is your official receipt for the purchase of your subscription. Do
not assume a subscription has been approved until your confirmation
has been received.
||How do I receive a subscription confirmation?
If you purchase a subscription over the Internet, you will
receive an email confirmation from email@example.com.
(Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book
to ensure your email confirmation does not go to your SPAM folder.)
If you purchase a subscription by mail, you will receive a
confirmation by mail.
||Can I change my numbers at any time during my subscription?
No. Numbers can only be changed at the time of renewal.
||What happens if I choose the Quick Pick option?
If you choose the Quick Pick option, a random set of numbers will
be generated for you when your subscription is processed. This set
of numbers will be included in your subscription confirmation (link
to subscription confirmation question) and will remain in effect for
the duration of your subscription.
||How are subscription jackpot prizes paid?
If you win a jackpot prize, you will be notified by an official Lottery representative.
||How are subscription prizes other than the jackpot paid?
The Lottery automatically creates a prize account for all
subscribers. All prizes of $600 or less are credited to your prize
account. The Lottery automatically sends winners a check for all
prizes over $600. The Lottery also sends an email notification of
any prize, regardless of the amount, to those players who provide an
||How do I collect my winnings from my prize account?
You may request a 'cash out' payment from your prize account at
any time. The amount of the payment cannot exceed your prize account
balance at the time of the request. The payment is made in the form
of a check and is mailed to the home address you provided in your
profile. Any prize account funds identified as "non-refundable",
such as Gift Cards, are not available for 'cash out'. Payment
requests are limited to a minimum of $50. If the balance is under
$50, the entire balance will be paid upon request.
At any time you may use all or some of your available funds in your
Prize Account towards a purchase or renewal on this website.
||Can I manage my subscription through the subscription center even if I did not subscribe through the Internet?
Yes. Click here to sign in to the New York Lottery Subscription
Center. You will be asked to provide your name and your subscription
number in order to access your account.
||Can I play by subscription with a group?
Yes. Groups of players can share the cost of a subscription and
share prizes when they win. Groups may have a minimum of two members
and a maximum of 25 members. If applying through the Lottery's
subscription center, the group representative must access the
subscription center from a computer or other electronic device
physically located within New York State. If applying for a
subscription by mail, the group representative must submit a New
York State mailing address.
||What is a "group representative" and what is the group representative's responsibility?
Each group chooses one of its members to act as the group
representative. This member is responsible for completing the group
application, providing the name and address of each group member,
and indicating the share of the subscription each member owns.
(Group members do not have to own equal shares. As an example, two
members could own 25 percent each while a third owns 50 percent).
The group representative will be sent the group subscription
confirmation and renewal notices. Prizes of $600 or less will be
credited to the group representative's player account. It is the
responsibility of the group representative to split prizes among the
members of the group or to use the funds to purchase other
Prizes over $600 must be reported to Federal and
State tax agencies; therefore, the Lottery mails individual prize
checks to each group member using the most current list of members
provided by the group representative. It is important for the group
representative to review and update the group member information at
the time of renewal. Failure to complete this section on the renewal
could delay the payment of prizes to group members. The Lottery is
not responsible for disputes between or among group members.
|| Can I give a subscription as a gift?
Yes. There are two types of gifts - a gift subscription and a
With a Gift Subscription the purchaser selects the game,
the number of drawings, and the numbers to be played for the
recipient. Both the purchaser and the recipient must be 18 years of
age or older.
A gift subscription may be purchased by someone who
can access the Lottery Subscription Center from a computer
or other electronic device physically located within New York State.
When a gift subscription is purchased from the Lottery Subscription
Center, the gift recipient will receive an email
confirmation the next business day. The gift purchaser may opt to
delay notification to the recipient up to 90 days. If the recipient
does not respond to notifications to register the subscription under
their name within 14 days, the gift will be activated under the
It is not necessary to provide the gift
recipient's social security number if it is not available to the
gift purchaser. The gift purchaser should not provide his or her own
social security number on the application.
Gift cards can be used
toward the purchase of New York Lottery subscriptions. You may
purchase a gift card in the amount of $25, $50, $75 or $100 and
allow the recipient to select the game, the number of draws, and
their numbers. The person buying the gift card must have a
registered account with the New York Lottery to purchase a gift
card. The recipient does not need to have an account at the time of
purchase; however the recipient must create an account to apply the
gift to a subscription. Gift cards are non-refundable and must be
used toward a New York Lottery subscription. The gift card purchaser
and recipient must both be at least 18 years old.
||Why are my age and identity verified for this website?
The Lottery is required by law to confirm all applicants are age 18 or older. The information you provide
helps us confirm your identity and age. Confirmation may not be possible if you have recently moved or recently
reached the age of 18, since databases may take up to three months to be updated.
||Why is the location of my PC verified?
Federal law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets, including subscriptions, across state borders. Prior to any
online subscription purchase, the computer IP address is checked to ensure that the purchaser is using a computer
physically located within the state of New York. Please be aware that some internet companies serving New York also
serve other jurisdictions and some of the IP addresses used are recognized as residing outside New York. This could
lead to purchases being rejected until IP databases are corrected. Currently, the use of mobile internet providers,
dial up connections and proxy servers are automatically blocked because the user's location cannot be confirmed.