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Oklahoma State Lotteries Laws

Created byВ FindLaw’s team of legal writers and editors | Last updated October 18, 2017

Oklahoma voters approved two ballot measures in 2004 that legalized a state lottery by creating an Oklahoma Lottery Commission and a trust fund. The stated purpose of the state’s lottery, which officially began in 2005, was to provide much-needed funding for Oklahoma’s public schools.

Realistically, the chance of winning a large amount of money is why most people play. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that your odds of winning a lottery are quite low. Winning it big is less likely than getting hit by a car. Critics argue that the $5-20 you spend a week or month on lottery tickets would probably be better invested by saving for retirement. However, the lottery is a form of amusement and if you enjoy it, it’s a good way to give back your state through playing along.

The following chart outlines the main Oklahoma lottery laws.

The Oklahoma State Legislature appropriates 45% of funds in the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund to elementary and secondary education, K-12. Funding can be used for things such as compensation for public school teachers, support employees and early childhood development programs as well as educational facility construction, capital outlay projects and technology upgrades for school systems.

The State Legislature appropriates 39.5% of funds in the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust fund to higher education institutions throughout the state. Funding can be used for things such as tuition grants, loans and scholarships for Oklahoma residents, endowed chairs for professors and renovations and expansions projects. These funds can also be used for educational facility construction, capital outlay projects and technology upgrades for educational institutions.

Should the big American dream happen to you, winning a large lottery prize, you should immediately seek help from an experienced tax expert to develop strategy to collect and protect your lottery winnings. There are many steps you can take to ensure you don’t lose the money quickly after finally getting rich.

If you’ve been spending more on the lottery and other gambling activities than you can afford and want to stop, please call the Oklahoma Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700. This helpline is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.

Note: State laws are constantly being updated. It’s best to contact a local gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify any state laws you’re reading about.

Chart providing details of Oklahoma State Lotteries Laws

Oklahoma Lottery Numbers

You don’t have to miss out on the latest Oklahoma Lottery numbers – just use this page to look up the latest winning numbers from your favorite games.

Current lottery games include: Powerball – Mega Millions – Lotto America – Lucky for Life – Oklahoma Cash 5 – Oklahoma Pick 3.

– Latest Oklahoma Numbers

Tickets

Only multi-state games Powerball, Lotto America and Mega Millions are currently available to play outside of the United States. Visit our lottery tickets page for more information.

Oklahoma Lottery Drawing Schedule

There are six different draw games on offer in OK each week, find out which one is being played next and how late you can buy your tickets.

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 9:59 PM 8:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 10:00 PM 8:59 PM
Lotto America Wednesday & Saturday 9:15 PM 8:59 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 9:38 PM 8:30 PM
Pick 3 Daily 9:00 PM 8:59 PM
Cash 5 Daily 9:00 PM 8:59 PM
*Times are shown in CT.

Game Information

Oklahoma Lottery players aren’t limited to just Powerball, Lotto America and Mega Millions – they can take their pick of a number of in-state games as well.

Oklahoma Cash 5 offers a top prize of $25,000 every day of the week, and best of all, the taxes have already been paid for you! Tickets cost $1 per play and all you have to do is pick five numbers from 1 to 36 or have them randomly generated for you using the Easy Pick option. If you match all five main numbers drawn, you’ll win the top prize! Here’s how it works:

Winning Tier Prize Odds of Winning
Match 5 of 5 $25,000 1 in 376,992
Match 4 of 5 $500 1 in 2,32
Match 3 of 5 $10 1 in 81
Match 2 of 5 Free Easy Pick Ticket 1 in 8
Odds of winning any Oklahoma Cash 5 prize are 1 in 7.6

Other Oklahoma Lottery games include Pick 3.

Scratchers offer instant fun to Oklahoma Lottery players who don’t want to wait for a drawing to take place. These games are on sale at authorized retailers and cost between $1 and $5. All you have to do after that is scratch off the coating to see if you’ve won big!

Claiming Prizes

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Oklahoma. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

Prizes won in draw games expire 180 days after the date of the drawing and scratchers prizes expire 90 days after the announced date of closure for the game.

All winning tickets of any amount may be claimed by mailing to the Lottery’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Prizes worth $600 or less can also be claimed right away from an authorized retailer.

Prizes worth between $601 and $5,000 can be redeemed by mail, at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters or at an authorized lottery claim center in:

  • Ardmore
  • Bartlesville
  • Elk City
  • Guymon
  • Lawton
  • Muskogee
  • Norman
  • Oklahoma City
  • Pauls Valley
  • Perry
  • Yukon

Prizes worth more than $5,000 may be claimed at the Lottery Headquarters and will be subject to a federal withholding tax of 25 percent, as well as an Oklahoma state tax of four percent. Cash 5’s top prize of $25,000 is the net amount after tax so winners will receive the advertised jackpot.

Claim a prize by mail

Prizes of an value may be claimed via mail. For prizes up to $600, sign and complete the back of the ticket.

For prizes over $600, send the following:

  1. Original completed and signed ticket
  2. Completed claim form
  3. Copy of your government-issued photo ID
  4. Copy of your Social Security card or official tax document with your SSN

Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters
P.O. Box 548810
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-8810

History of the Oklahoma Lottery

The Oklahoma Lottery was established in November 2004 in order to support educational initiatives in the state from kindergarten to college. Powerball tickets went on sale for the first time in January 2006 and the Oklahoma Lottery joined Mega Millions in January 2010.

Over $652 million has been raised for education since 2004 thanks to Oklahoma residents buying tickets for the chance to fund dreams of their own. Out of the money allocated to education, 45 percent is given to K-12 programs, 39.5 percent is distributed to higher education programs such as grants and scholarships, 5 percent is dedicated to funding teachers’ retirement funds, another 5 percent is given to the School Consolidation and Assistance Fund and 5.5 percent helps cover the cost of educational equipment upgrades and scholarships through the CareerTech program.

The state joined the popular Lucky for Life game in February 2018.

Rules

All Oklahoma Lottery players must be at least 18 years old.

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