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The Connecticut Lottery

Gambling Games at Golden CasinoThe Connecticut Lottery is one of the longest running lotteries in the nation. State Representative John A. “Tony" Miscikoski of Torriginton created the lottery 30 years ago. He believed a state run lottery would provide significant funding to the residents of Connecticut.

It took close to 10 years before his dream of the lottery became a reality. When it was put to vote in 1971 it was passed with a 65% approval rate. Since then the CT Lottery has provided over $284 million to help with state programs and publicly funded services. These funds are donated to the General Fund which supports not just public health projects but local libraries, education, transportation and more.

Connecticut Lottery GamesThe first lottery went on sale February 15th 1972. The game “The Lottery” was the only choice, and games cost just $0.50 a ticket. The top prize awarded was $5000. Doesn't seem like much now, but at the time that was a significant prize.

Since then the Connecticut Lottery has expanded that game and now offers 4 online games. They also offer a wide selection of scratch tickets.

Classic Lotto in Connecticut

The Classic Lotto is available at all retailers who support the CT Lottery and can be purchased for just $1.

Top play? Simply fill out a play slip with six different numbers between 1 through to 44. The Classic lotto game allows you to play up to five games on one ticket and awards a top prize of the state wide jackpot should you be able to match all 6 numbers.

The jackpot starts at $1 million and continues to grow each time there is no winner during a draw. The drawings are held every Tuesday and Fridays.

Cash 5 in Connecticut

Cash5 offers players the chance to win up to $100,000 daily. By purchasing a $1 ticket you will receive five numbers for that day’s drawing. You will also be able to add a bonus game to it also known as the “Kicker” for .50 more. The Kicker gives players a shot at winning extra money on top of the standard prize awarded. The Kicker awards players a prize of $4,650 by matching all 4 numbers.

To play you choose numbers between 1 and 35 plus add the Kicker if you like.

Mid-Day3 and Play3

Mid-Day 3 and Play 3 are two separate games held daily but played in the same format. The Mid-Day 3 is drawn during the day while the Play 3 is available during the evenings. To play either game you choose three numbers and then select which of the three options you would like the ticket to be played.

You can play for as little as $0.50 or as much as to $5 per ticket. If you purchase a $0.50 ticket and bet on a straight, you must match the numbers exactly as a wager of $0.50 on a straight and match all three numbers win $250.

Straight: match all three numbers in the correct order.
Box: Match the winning three-digit number in any order
SuperStraight: Match the winning combination in any order ( available for 0.50 and $1 wagers)

Back-up: Wager even increments only from $1-$5 per ticket. Half of your bet will play a straight and the other half is for a boxed.

Pair: Match the first two, last two or first and last of the three number in exact order.

How to Play Mid-Day4 and Play4

Mid-Day 4 and Play 4 are similar to the Mid-Day 3 and Play 3 except you will be choosing 4 numbers instead of three. This also means that the jackpot is significantly higher, with up to $25,000 available to be won twice a day every day.

This game is available state-wide at supporting lottery retailers. To play you will need to choose your favourite four numbers or a quick pick with each ticket costing between $0.50 to $5. You will also need to choose which option you would like the ticket to be wagered on.

Straight: Match the winning four-digit number in exact order.

Box: Match the winning four-digit number in any order.
Super Straight: Match the winning combination in any order, win a straight payout. (Only available on 50˘ and $1.00 wagers.)

Back-Up: Wager in even-dollar increments only, from $1.00 to $5.00 per ticket. Half your wager is straight, the other half is boxed.

Scratch Tickets in Connecticut

The Connecticut Lottery offers a wide range of scratch tickets featuring television pop culture themes to the classic casino games. Currently there are over 50 different scratch games available to be purchased with a cost ranging from $1 - $30. The top prize available to be won on any ticket is $250,000, although your odds at winning will vary from ticket to ticket, with the average chance of winning at 1:4 to 1:4.5.

How to claim your lottery winnings

If your one of the states luck winners and your prize is over $5,000 you will need to go to the Lottery Headquarters to claim this. When redeeming your ticket be prepared to provide two forms of signed identification along with photo ID. In some cases you may need to also provide the Lottery with your social security number for tax purposes.

You can claim your prize at the following address:

CT Lottery Headquarters
270 John Downey Drive
New Britain, CT 06051
Tel: (860) 348-4000
Lobby Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm

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