New York joined Powerball (now played in 44 jurisdictions) in 2010, after a cross-sell agreement allowed the game to be sold alongside Mega Millions. Powerball
is the US drawing game with the highest prize potential. Each game is $2; with Power Play, $3. The minimum jackpot is $40,000,000. Players choose 5 numbers
from a field of 59, and a Powerball from 1 to 35. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Drawn Tuesdays and Fridays, Mega Millions is played in a similar fashion as Powerball. Mega Millions players choose five numbers from 1 through 56, and the gold-colored Mega
Ball, a number from 1 through 46. Mega Millions costs $1 per game; with Megaplier, $2. The Mega Millions minimum jackpot is $12,000,000.
New York joined what had been The Big Game in May 2002
, when the name Mega Millions was adopted. The Megaplier (a multiplier of 2, 3, or 4) became available
in New York in January 2011; simultaneously, the Lottery discontinued the requirement of choosing cash or annuity when playing Mega Millions. As with most Mega Millions members,
New York now gives jackpot winners a 60-day window, upon claiming, to make the choice.
Three sets of balls, numbered 0 through 9, are drawn twice daily (12:26 and 7:51 pm.) Options and prizes vary.
Played as Numbers, but with four machines. As with Numbers, the minimum wager is 50 cents, except for combination wagers.
Take 5 (begun as a Friday-only game in 1992, as Take Five) is drawn nightly. Games are $1 each. Five numbers from 1 through 39 are drawn. First prize rolls
down if there is no 5-of-5 winner. Matching three or more numbers wins a parimutuel cash prize; matching 2 numbers wins a free play that must be claimed within
45 days. Overall odds of winning (including the free play) are 1 in 9, odds of winning cash, 1 in 100, odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 575,757.
The Lottery has, for promotional purposes, added a "bonus ball" to Take 5. In these drawings, there are eight prize levels; such drawings allow winning with just
one number matched, plus the bonus ball.
Pick 10 is drawn nightly; 20 numbers from 1 through 80 are drawn. Players choose 10 numbers; games cost $1 each. Matching 10 of the 20 numbers wins $500,000 cash.
Unlike Quick Draw (which also picks 10 of 80 numbers; see below), Pick 10 is available wherever Lottery draw games are sold, including Quick Draw retailers.
Quick Draw (limited availability)
Quick Draw is played at Lottery retailers with a television-style monitor. It is a keno-style game drawn every 4 minutes from 4:04 a.m. to 3:24 a.m. Players choose 1 to 10 numbers; a
computer draws 20 numbers from 1 through 80. Minimum play is $1. Prizes and options vary; the 10-spot game has a top prize of $100,000.
Twice-weekly in-house games
Sweet Million is drawn Monday and Thursday nights. Players choose six numbers for each $1 game. Six numbers are drawn from a pool of 40 numbers for Sweet Million. Matching three numbers
wins $3, four numbers, $40, five numbers, $500. Matching all six numbers wins $1,000,000, payable in a lump sum; in the unlikely event there are more than five top-prize winners, they split
$5,000,000 (to date, the highest number of tickets winning in a given drawing is two.) The payout percentage in Sweet Million is 49%.
Lotto is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Six numbers out of 59 are drawn, followed by a bonus ball. Matching three numbers wins $1, other winning plays share parimutuel prizes.
As the payout percentage in Lotto is a statuatory 40%, sales of the game have been in a years-long decline; the 2011-12 fiscal year saw Lotto sales decrease by nearly 8 percent,
despite overall Lottery sales increasing. While Lotto jackpots begin at $3,000,000 (paid in 26 graduated payments), rollovers are only $500,000. In the late 1990s, the Lotto
jackpot was $10,000,000 after just one rollover.
Available at nine parimutuel facilities:
- Batavia Downs, Batavia
- Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, Farmington
- The Fairgrounds Gaming, Hamburg
- Monticello Raceway, Monticello
- Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Springs (not to be confused with nearby Saratoga Race Course)
- Tioga Downs, Nichols
- Vernon Downs, Vernon
- Empire City at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers
- Aqueduct Racetrack, Ozone Park, Queens
New York video lottery, by law, offers a 92% minimum payout percentage.