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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?

Should a lottery prize winner choose to remain anonymous when claiming the prize, the South Dakota Lottery will honor that request. It should also be noted that the Lottery will release the name of the retailer that sold the winning ticket, game name and prize amount. The winning player’s personal information will never be shared for advertising or promotions unless the player opts into this on their claim form. However, if the Lottery receives an open records request for the winner’s information, we are obligated to provide the winner’s name, city, state of residence, game, and prize amount.  

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.