Massachusetts Lottery

The Massachusetts Lottery was established on September 27, 1971, following the legalization of gambling by the Massachusetts General Court, the legislature of the Commonwealth. The Lottery is administered by a commission of 5 members, who include the Treasurer and Receiver-General (who serves as chairperson), the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, and the Comptroller, who serve on an ex officio basis. The Governor appoints the other 2 members. It is a member of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) since 1972.[1]

Massachusetts Lottery logo
FormationSeptember 27, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-09-27)
TypeState lottery
OwnerGovernment of the Commonwealth

As with most U.S. lotteries, the Bay State's lottery games require players to be at least 18 years old.

Drawings are broadcast on WBZ-TV (channel 4) the CBS-station in the Boston television market.


The Massachusetts Lottery is run by the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (MSLC). The Commission is made up of a five-member commissioners that includes the state treasurer as chairperson, the secretary of public safety, the state comptroller, and two gubernatorial appointees. An Exec. Director is appointed by the State's Treasure albeit with the Governor of Massachusetts' approval. The Director of the Lottery reports directly to the Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who sits as the Chair of the MSLC.

Current draw gamesEdit

In-house draw gamesEdit

The Numbers GameEdit

The Numbers Game is played twice daily. It draws 4 1-digit numbers, bets can be made on a 1-digit and/or 2-digit number. 3-digit numbers are "first 3" or "last 3," as a 3-digit number is not drawn separately. Minimum wagers are 25 cents on a 3-digit or 4-digit number, and 50 cents on a 2-digit number or 1-digit.

Payouts are on a pari-mutuel basis, the payout percentage is 60% on 1- and 2-digit wagers, 70% on 3-digit bets, and 50% on a 4-digit number.


Keno is mainly played at retailers that are equipped with game monitors, although it is available at every location. Keno started on September 30, 1993. 5 minutes apart of drawing started on September 30, 1993 and ended on February 28, 2003 after 475,622 games. On February 20, 2003, Keno announced that starting on March 1, 2003, it would modify from 5 minutes apart of drawing to 4 minutes apart of drawing. Prizes and options vary. 101 games per draw for Keno on December 22, 1995 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. which is the least, and 300 games per draw for Keno since November 24, 2004 at 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. which is the most. On March 31, 2021, 316 games per draw is the new record for Keno from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Jackpot PokerEdit

This is a poker-themed game with a side bet. Jackpot Poker started on June 17, 2013 and ended on June 30, 2016 after 318,953 games, and was replaced with All or Nothing 2 weeks and 4 days later on July 18, 2016. The basic game costs $1, if the computer-generated "hand" is a Royal Flush, the player wins $25,000. Smaller prizes are for other poker hands. A $2 wager is eligible for the Progressive Jackpot option, the minimum jackpot is $100,000.[2]

All or NothingEdit

All or Nothing (stylized as ALL OR NOTHING) is a game where bettors select 12 numbers from a pool of 24. The drawing consists of 12 numbers also (half the pool of possible numbers) and pays out if 0-4 numbers or 8-12 numbers are matched. If bettors match 5, 6, or 7 numbers, the most likely amounts to be matched, there is no prize. Matching all 12 or none of the 12 pays out the jackpot (hence the name All or Nothing), which is $100,000. Other prizes include $2, $4, $25, and $400. Like in Keno, there is 1 drawing every 4 minutes. All or Nothing began drawing on July 18, 2016, following the cession of Jackpot Poker.

Mass CashEdit

On July 17, 2011, Mass Cash expanded to daily drawings. 5 numbers 1 through 35 are drawn. Top prize is $100,000 (with a $1 million liability limit). The game is similar to neighboring Connecticut's Cash 5 basic game (without the Kicker). 4 numbers wins $250, 3 numbers, $10.

Megabucks DoublerEdit

Megabucks Doubler is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. 6 numbers from 1 through 49 are chosen. The jackpot starts at $500,000, unlike previous versions of the game, there is a cash option. Matching 5 out of 6 wins $2,500 ($5,000 with doubler). Matching 4 out of 6 wins $100 ($200 with doubler). Matching 3 out of 6 wins $2 ($4 with doubler).

Multi-jurisdictional gamesEdit

Lucky for LifeEdit

In 2009, the Connecticut Lottery introduced Lucky4Life, which became a regional game, Lucky for Life, three years later when the game expanded to include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

In January 2015, Lucky for Life became a "quasi-national" game, as of 2017 it is offered in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Mega MillionsEdit

On September 6, 1996, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, and Massachusetts began a jackpot game, then called The Big Game. The current name, Mega Millions, was adopted in 2002, with The Big Game name retired soon after. The jackpot starts at $15 million. Games are $1 each, or $2 with the Megaplier option, which became available in Massachusetts in 2011.

The current version of the game began in 2013. In October 2017, the format for Mega Millions will change again, among the changes is a $2 price point ($3 with the Megaplier). Massachusetts will be among the game's lotteries offering the Just the Jackpot option ($3 for two game), such a ticket is eligible for only the jackpot.


Powerball began in 1992. Massachusetts added Powerball on February 3, 2010.

Instant TicketsEdit

The Lottery offers scratch tickets with price points of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $30. Top prizes range from $5,000 to $15 million. "Cash for Life" tickets offer the chance to win $500 to $10,000 a week for life.

Former GamesEdit

Mass MillionsEdit

Mass Millions was introduced in 1987. Similar to Megabucks, it was played the same way where players picked 6 numbers out of a field of 42, however, a bonus number was drawn during each drawing, drawings were held on Tuesday and Friday nights. Matching all 6 regular numbers won the jackpot. 5 out of 6 plus the bonus number won $100,000, 5 out of 6 won $5,000, 4 out of 6 won $100, and 3 out of 6 won $2. This game was replaced by Cash Winfall in 2004.

The Daily Race GameEdit

The Daily Game Race was played much the same as Keno. It used a horserace-themed Keno-style computer monitor. The Daily Race Game started on April 2, 2007 and ended on June 11, 2013, due to poor sales and players' preference for poker.[3]

Cash WinfallEdit

Cash Winfall was drawn Mondays and Thursdays. 6 numbers 1 through 46 were chosen. The jackpot began at $500,000, it always was paid in lump sum. Lower-tier prizes were $4,000, $150, or $5 for matching 5, 4, or 3 numbers respectively, 2 numbers won a Cash Winfall bet. If the jackpot reached $2 million and was not won, the jackpot was "rolled down" with the secondary prizes increased.

After the Boston Globe published reports of individual stores selling millions of dollars in tickets, state officials suspended the game, suspecting organized crime involvement. Investigations revealed that the profiteers were a retired couple and a group of MIT college students who, by legally exploiting elements of the game, were practically guaranteed to win profits of approximately 20% when tickets were bought in rolldown conditions.[4]

Cash Winfall ended on January 26, 2012.[5]

Claiming prizesEdit

For each prize of less than $600, players may collect from either a Lottery retailer or the Lottery itself. Prizes of $600 or more must be collected from the Lottery, via claim form.[6]

Claim periodEdit

Payment optionsEdit

The state's lottery is unusual in that it withholds 5% on prizes over $600, instead of only over $5,000. The Federal withholding on prizes of at least $5,000 is 25%.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Massachusetts State Lottery - The Jackpot Poker Games". Archived from the original on 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts State Lottery - About the Lottery - Lottery News". Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  4. ^ Wertheim, Jon.How a retired couple found lottery odds in their favor, CBS 60 Minutes, 2019-01-27. Accessed 2019-02-27.
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  6. ^ Claiming Prizes Archived 2008-12-26 at the Wayback Machine, California State Lottery

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