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Lottery FAQs

How old do I have to be to play Lottery games?

South Dakota State law requires players to be at least 18 years old for online or scratch ticket purchases. You must be 21 years old to play video lottery.  

What is the difference between online and instant tickets?

Online tickets are classified as your Powerball, Dakota Cash, Mega Millions, Lucky For Life and Lotto America ticket games. Instant ticket is another term used for scratch tickets.  

Can I buy tickets outside of South Dakota by mail, phone, or on the internet?

State laws and regulations do not permit the sale of tickets by mail, phone or internet. Also, federal laws and regulations may restrict such sales. You must buy your tickets from a licensed South Dakota Retailer.

Where do I enter my non-winning tickets?

In the players club and you must be a member to enter non-winning tickets.

How can I check to see if my ticket is a winner or get drawing results?

If it is a scratch ticket please see a South Dakota Licensed retailer and use the ticket scanner. You will have to first scratch off the ticket near the bottom to reveal the barcode. To check your recent or past winning numbers please click here

How long is a winning ticket valid?

180 days from the day of the draw for online games. Scratch games have 180 days from their end date.

How much of a prize is taken out for taxes?

The lottery is required by the IRS to withhold 24% from prizes of more than $5000. When you claim prize amounts of $600 - $4999 we will provide you with a W-2G when you pick up your prize. The state of South Dakota does not tax lottery winnings.

If I win can I remain anonymous?

You can remain anonymous on any amount won from a scratch ticket game. Jackpots for online games are required to be public knowledge. Play It Again winners are also public knowledge.

Why does it seem like all major prize winners are from Rapid City or Sioux Falls areas?

Besides the majority of the population residing in these areas, both areas are popular tourist destinations for the State of South Dakota. More people traveling causes more tickets to be sold in these areas.