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Washington Lottery Numbers

Want instant access to the latest Washington Lottery numbers? You’ll find the most recent winning numbers right here on this page.

Current lottery games include: Powerball – Mega Millions – Lotto – Hit 5 – Keno – Match 4 – Pick 3.

– Latest Washington Numbers

Where To Buy Tickets

Washington State games aren’t currently available to international lottery fans. Not to worry though, you can still join in with Powerball and Mega Millions. Visit the tickets page for details on playing online.

Washington Drawing Schedule

Check which drawings are taking place this week and when you need to purchase your tickets by:

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 7:59 PM 6:45 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
Lotto Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
Hit 5 Daily 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
Match 4 Daily 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
Pick 3 Daily 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
Keno Daily 8:00 PM 7:45 PM
*Times are shown in PT.

Game Information

As well as multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions, Washington residents can also take part in 5 exciting state games!


Lotto has been running for over 30 years and has distributed over $1 billion in cash prizes to lucky players. The top prize starts at $1 million and will roll over and increase in value each time that it isn’t won. Tickets cost $1 per two entries, and players select two sets of six numbers from 1 to 49 or have them randomly generated for them using a Quick Pick. Drawings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM. Here’s how it works:

Hit 5

Hit 5 is fast, simple and offers a starting jackpot of $100,000! Drawings take place every day at 8:00 PM. To play, just pay $1 per ticket and select five numbers between 1 and 42, or have the computer select them for you using a Quick Pick, If you match at least two numbers, you’ll win a prize! Here’s a quick breakdown:

Match 4

Match 4 is a daily draw game with a top prize of $10,000. Players pay $2 per ticket and pick 4 numbers between 1 and 24 or go for a random selection with a Quick Pick. Here’s how it all goes:

Winning Tier Prize Odds of Winning
Match 4 of 4 $10,000 1 in 10,600
Match 3 of 4 $20 1 in 133
Match 2 of 4 $2 1 in 9
Odds of winning any Match 4 prize are 1 in 8.70

Other Games

Other Washington Lottery games include Pick 3 and Keno.

You can also instantly scratch that lottery game itch with Scratch games, which are usually available from any authorized lottery retailer. Games cost between $1 and $20 and you can win a huge cash prize in just a few seconds!

Claiming Prizes

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

Whether you’ve just won the top Lotto prize or won a few hundred on a Scratch game, make sure that you claim your winnings in good time. You have 180 days from the date of the drawing or 180 days from the announced date of closure for a Scratch game to redeem any prizes you have won.

Washington does not levy a state tax on lottery prizes, so if you win $5,000 or more you’ll only be subject to a federal withholding tax of 25 percent. Whew!

Prizes worth $600 or less can be cashed in at any Washington Lottery retailer, though it’s recommended that you visit a larger retailer if you have a bigger prize.

Prizes from $601-$100,00 may be claimed by mail; see details below.

Any prize worth $601 or more can be claimed at a Lottery Office in Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Spokane, Vancouver (no, not the Canadian Vancouver) or Yokima. You’ll need to bring some photo ID, your Social Security Card and the winning ticket.

Winners of over $100,000 will need to contact Lottery Headquarters to schedule a time to claim in person.

You may contact the Lottery by calling Customer Service at 360-810-2888, Player Services at 800-201-0108, or the Winning Numbers Line at 800-545-7510.

Claim a prize by mail

Prizes from $601-$100,00 may be redeemed by mail. The lottery must receive the claim by the 180-day deadline.

Send the signed ticket and completed claim form to the address below.

Washington Lottery Headquarters
PO Box 43050
Olympia, WA 98504-3050

History of the Washington Lottery

The Washington Lottery was created in July 1982 in order to provide vital funding to the state. The General Fund greatly benefited from this move, as multiple services received money that was desperately needed at the time.

In November 2000, revenue raised through ticket sales began to be allocated to educational initiatives. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in 2002 and the Washington Lottery joined Powerball in 2010. As of 2010, Washington Lottery proceeds are used to provide funding for education, economic development and – even now – the state’s General Fund. Another beneficiary of lottery revenue is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, which works with young children in at-risk situations and helps them gain the tools they need to have a fulfilling and successful educational experience.


You need to be at least 18 years old if you want to play Washington Lottery games.

View the latest Washington Lottery numbers and information for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Hit 5, Keno, Pick 3 and Match 4.

Washington Lotto Tips

About Washington Lotto Game

Washington Lotto 6/49 began on October 24, 1990. After 1,198 drawings, the lottery officials, in their infinite wisdom, ended the popular 6/49 game on April 27, 2002 and replaced it with Lotto Plus. As of October 8, 2003, they realized the error of their ways and reinstated Lotto 6/49, the current lotto game.

How to play Washington Lotto: To play the game, choose six numbers from 1 to 49. WA Lotto tickets cost $1, but each ticket is good for 2 plays. That’s like getting double the chances to win! The jackpot starts at 1 million dollars and will roll over until someone wins the WA lotto jackpot. Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, so you get a shot to become a millionaire three times a week.

The odds of winning the first prize jackpot are one in 6,991,908 because you get two games for a dollar — an odds bargain when compared to many of the other options in Washington. Washington Match 4 (odds 1:10,626) and Washington Hit Five (odds 1:575,757) are the only games with better odds. The other choices are: Washington Keno (odds 1:8,911,711), Mega Millions (odds 1:302,575,350), and Powerball (odds 1:292 million).

How to Find Winning Lotto Numbers

Strategy Book

Below are free lottery strategies to help you play the game smarter and win the lottery, taken from Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide. This is just a sample, and the book explains all of Smart Luck’s successful tips for number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. It is a great starting place for any lotto player.

Strategy Software

Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, to automate the process of choosing the best numbers to play.

Lotto strategies to help you win Washington Lotto

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

How to WIN Washington Lotto


When you pick your best Washington Lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than one percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two odd and four even, or four odd and two even, or three odd and three even. One of these three patterns will occur in 81 percent of the drawings.


Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a 49-number game like Washington Lotto, numbers 1 to 25 would be in the low half, and numbers 26 to 49 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only one percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two high and four low, or four high and two low, or three high and three low. Winning number groups with these three patterns occur in 81 percent of all drawings.


Look at a list of past winning numbers for Washington Lotto, and you’ll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-49, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.


List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)


After you choose six lottery numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the six numbers adds up to somewhere between 115 and 185. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.


In Washington Lotto, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every 58 percent of the time.


Numbers that have been out (losers) for five games or less account for about half of the winning numbers drawn. Losing numbers that have been out ten games or less account for 77 percent of all the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 6.


It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.

Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates


Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of people who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.

How to Get Lucky in Washington Lotto


When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.


No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.

Lottery Wheels Can Beat Lotto Odds

After you choose the best numbers with number strategies, you can improve your odds of winning larger prizes by using lotto wheeling systems. It’s simple, easy as A-B-C to wheel pick-6 lotto numbers using the Balanced Wheels in the Wheel Six Gold lottery software. You get a minimum win guarantee with every wheel!

Lottery Wheels


Balanced Wheel ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 6), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.

It’s true that the more numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in your game. For Washington Lotto, wheel less than about 30 of the 49 total numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of lotto numbers.


Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in the Lottery Master Guide.

Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® number selection methods. You can use a FREE interactive Balanced Wheel ® Lottery System that won multiple lotto jackpots. Read about our lottery winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with Smart Luck lotto systems, tell us about it so you can be added to Gail Howard’s growing list of lottery winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, we will honor that.

Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.


Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Washington Lotto, with two drawings a week, a set of 6 numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 134,459 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”


Six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any state or international lotto game. Smart Luck has all the drawing results for more than 190 state and international lottery games, going back more than fifty years! Even five consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.


Never choose all six numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All six winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.


The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5-6. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.


Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.


Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25-30 and 7-14-21-28-35-42.


Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33-43, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with three last digits the same occur in less than 3 percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.


The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Washington Lotto has 49 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include a couple of high numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.


Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.

In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend

The shortest, easiest way to search for Lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold is the best lotto strategy software which has a vast assortment of lotto charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data.

Win with Lotto Software and Books

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