How to Play in New York

It is becoming easier and easier to play the lottery in New York. You don’t even have to head out to your local retailer to fill out a playlip. Instead, you can use a purchasing service to securely order tickets from your phone, tablet or desktop.

Lottery couriers such as allow you to play from the comfort of home while they do the hard work for you, sending out agents to buy your tickets. A scanned copy is then uploaded to your account to show that it has been purchased, keeping it far safer than a paper ticket. Winnings are then paid out swiftly, or you are given assistance in claiming if you’re lucky enough to win a major prize.

Find out below how to play Powerball in New York and how to play Mega Millions in New York.


Powerball offers a jackpot of at least $20 million every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. The grand prize grows when it is not won so regularly goes far higher, and it has even been known to reach $2 billion.

Tickets close at 10:00 p.m. ET at retail locations, and messenger services usually suspend orders earlier to give their couriers time. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you need to do to play Powerball:

Monday's Est. Powerball Jackpot:

$102 Million

Mega Millions

Mega Millions draw days are Tuesday and Friday, with tickets closing at 10:00 p.m. at retailers and the numbers selected an hour later. The jackpot works in the same way as Powerball – it starts at $20 million and keeps climbing until it is won. Follow these quick steps to take part:

The aim of the game in Powerball and Mega Millions is to match the numbers you have selected to those that are drawn. Get them all the same and you’ll win or share the jackpot. You can also win by matching fewer numbers, with nine prize tiers in total in both lotteries.

Tuesday's Est. Mega Millions Jackpot:

$279 Million

Additional Play Options in New York

You can take advantage of the ‘Play It Again’ option if you have an old ticket from the last 30 days and wish to enter those same numbers. Give your ticket to a retailer and they will print a new one with exactly the same selections.

Claiming is easy, especially if you use a ticket purchasing service as most prizes will be paid directly into your online account. For bigger prizes, the courier will securely deliver your ticket so that you can claim the prize in person. Your options for any payout above $601 are to claim by mail or visit one of the New York Lottery’s customer service centers or prize centers.

You have one year to cash in lottery prizes in New York. You cannot remain anonymous if you win a major prize.

The New York Lottery

Known as North America’s largest and most profitable lottery, the New York Lottery contributes billions of dollars to the state’s education system every year.

New York has been the scene of many jackpots wins, for both Powerball and Mega Millions. Johnnie Taylor from Queens became the state’s record winner when he landed $476 million on Mega Millions in April 2023. Robert Bailey is among the biggest Powerball winners, having landed half of a jackpot worth $687 million in October 2018.