||How to Play Classic Lotto
Playing is easy. Stop by any Lottery retailer and fill out a Classic Lotto Play Slip by choosing six different numbers from 1 to 44 in each individual play section or board. Choose your numbers carefully. Lotto wagers cannot be canceled. You can play up to five boards on each selection slip. Once you've made your selections, give your slip to your retailer, along with $1 for each play. Your Play Slip will be entered into the terminal, which will issue your printed Classic Lotto ticket.
Want to make it even easier? Ask for a "Classic Lotto Quick Pick" ticket and let the computer randomly pick numbers for you.
Play ahead with Classic Lotto Advance Action
Select the "Advance Action" feature for Classic Lotto and you can buy UP TO 26 consecutive draws in advance! Just check "YES" in the Advance Action Box on your Play Slip at any CT Lottery retail location. You can either select your own numbers or have the computer randomly select your numbers for you. Complete only ONE board for Advance Action purchases. Advance Action is NOT a subscription plan; players are responsible for checking their own tickets. Good news...buy 26 Advance Action draws for the price of 25!
Choose your payout
When you win a Classic Lotto jackpot, you have 60 days from the time you present your claim at CT Lottery Headquarters to decide whether you want your prize as an ANNUITY or CASH LUMP SUM payout. Select the "ANNUITY" option, and you'll receive your jackpot prize in 21 equal annual payments. Or, pick the "CASH LUMP SUM" payout, and you'll receive your prize in a one-time payment. If you don't make a choice, you'll automatically receive the ANNUITY payout option.
The annuitized jackpot prize is parimutuel and starts at $1 million. It is won by matching all six numbers. If you are the only winner, you'll receive the entire first prize pool. If you are one of several winners, however, you'll receive one share of the first prize pool. Or, if no one wins the jackpot, it rolls over and keeps growing until there is a winner.
Classic Lotto Prize Payout Table
||Chance of Winning
|6 winning numbers
|5 winning numbers
|4 winning numbers
|3 winning numbers
|Average chance of winning a prize is 1 in 39.3. Chance of winning the jackpot is approximately 1 in 7.1 million.
* Prize amounts will vary based on the actual number of winners sharing the prize pool. In all cases, these prizes will be paid on a parimutuel basis and may be lower than these published prize levels. The jackpot prize will be annuitized in equal payments over 21 years or paid as one cash lump sum payment.