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Arkansas Lottery Numbers

Keep up-to-date with all the latest numbers from lottery games in the Natural State!

Current lottery games include: Powerball – Mega Millions – Arkansas Natural State – Lucky for Life – Cash 3 Midday – Cash 3 Evening – Cash 4 Midday – Cash 4 Evening.

– Latest Arkansas Numbers

Buying Tickets

You can buy Arkansas Lottery tickets at any authorized retailer in the state. Cash is the only accepted method of payment. Tickets are not sold through the mail or online for state games, but lotteries played across the country, like Powerball and Mega Millions, are available to play online.

Arkansas Lottery Drawing Schedule

With eight different games on offer, there is always a lottery available to play in Arkansas! Get the full drawings timetable:

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 9:59 PM 8:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 10:00 PM 9:45 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 9:38 PM 8:30 PM
Natural State Jackpot Monday – Saturday 8:00 PM 7:59 PM
Cash 3 Daily 12:59 PM and 6:59 PM 12:55 PM and 6:55 PM
Cash 4 Daily 12:59 PM and 6:59 PM 12:55 PM and 6:55 PM
*Times are shown in CST.

Game Information

Arkansas residents can buy tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life, but they also have in-state lottery games that they can play:

The Natural State Jackpot offers players the chance to win a home-grown cash prize! Drawings are held from Monday through Saturday at 8:00 PM. The jackpot starts at $25,000 and will roll over and increase in value by $5,000 each time a drawing passes without a jackpot winner. Players pay $1 for a ticket and choose five numbers from 1 to 39. Numbers can also be randomly generated if players mark the “Quick Pick” box on the playslip. Here’s how it works:

Other Arkansas Lottery games include Cash 3, Cash 4 and Fast Play.

The Arkansas Lottery also offers instant games which can be purchased from any authorized retailer. Simply scratch off the covering to see if you’ve landed a big cash prize! Ticket prices start at $1 and can offer up top prizes from $100 up to $2 million.

Claiming Arkansas Lottery Prizes

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

You’ve matched all five numbers in the Natural State Jackpot or uncovered a massive windfall on an instant game. Once you’ve taken a deep breath, you can start thinking about how to claim your prize. Players have just 180 days after the date of a drawing to claim any prizes and all instant game prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the end-of-game date.

Prizes of any amount may be redeemed by mail. Prizes worth $500 or less can also be claimed at any Arkansas Lottery retailer. If you’ve won $25,000 or more, make an appointment to come to the claim center in Little Rock in person if you prefer not to claim by mail. Email [email protected] to make a booking.

All prizes worth $5,000 or greater will be subject to a federal tax of 25 percent and the state of Arkansas will levy an additional tax of seven percent.

Claim a prize by mail

Claim a prize of any amount by mailing these documents to the lottery:

  1. Signed original ticket
  2. Completed claim form
  3. Copy of a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport)

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Claim Center
P.O. Box 3838
Little Rock, AR 72203

History of the Arkansas Lottery

The Arkansas Lottery was established in late 2008 and began selling tickets for Powerball on October 31st, 2009, with state residents participating in their first Powerball drawing on November 4th, 2009. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Arkansas on January 31st, 2010.

To date, over 168,000 Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing their dreams of earning a higher education. Without the revenue raised from Arkansas Lottery ticket sales, this impressive statistic wouldn’t be possible.

Rules

Arkansas Lottery players must be 18 years old.

View the Arkansas Lottery numbers and prize information for games such as Natural State Jackpot, Cash 3, Cash 4, Powerball, Mega Millions and more.

Powerball®

PICK YOUR NUMBERS: Select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26 for the Powerball®. Use a playslip to mark your numbers or mark the Quick Pick (QP) box to randomly select any or all of your numbers for each play.

BUY YOUR TICKET: Powerball® tickets cost $2 per play. The Power Play® option adds $1 per play. Powerball® sales are suspended one hour prior to the draw. Once a Powerball® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled. Powerball® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.

PLAY MULTIPLE DRAWINGS: Request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.

CHECK YOUR TICKETS: Winning numbers are available at MyArkansasLottery.com, from your local retailer, or by calling 501-682-4966.

PLAYSLIP INSTRUCTIONS
1)
Fill out Powerball® playslips with pencil or blue or black ink. Double-check the completed playslip and present to ASL retailer to receive a printed ticket. Printed Powerball® tickets cannot be canceled.
2) Each Powerball® play costs $2. Mark up to five plays per playslip.
3) Mark QP (Quick Pick) to have the numbers randomly selected at the terminal.
4) If you make a mistake, do not erase. Mark the void box and use the next play.
5) Mark five numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area.
6) Mark one Powerball® number from 1 to 26 in the lower play area.
7) Mark Power Play® for $1 per play to increase non-jackpot winnings for all plays and multi-draws on the same playslip.
8) Mark MULTI DRAWS to play up to 20 consecutive draws (adds $2 per Play for each draw).

Powerball® Playslip

Game Rules

About the game

Powerball® is a multi-state jackpot game. Drawings are held at 9:59 p.m. CT every Wednesday and Saturday. Note: Draw sales end at 8:59 p.m. CT Wednesday and Saturday. Five numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 69 and one numbered ball is drawn from 1 to 26. If all your numbers match those that are drawn, you win the jackpot, which starts at an amount set by MUSL and grows until someone wins. If other players also match all six numbers, the prize will be shared in equal amounts. Each Powerball® play is $2. For an additional dollar, you can add the Power Play® option to multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times (Except the Match-5 prize, which is set at $2 million).

POWERBALL® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Playing Powerball®

Q: Where is Powerball® drawn?
A: Powerball® drawings are held in Florida. Past draws are available to watch online here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerbaLL39

Q: Is it possible for the Powerball® number to be the same as one of the five white ball numbers?
A: Yes. The five white ball numbers and the one Powerball® number are drawn from separate sets of balls, so the Powerball® number could be the same as one of the white ball numbers.

Q: Which has better odds — picking my own numbers or requesting a Quick Pick?
A: Whether you pick your own numbers or have the terminal randomly select numbers for you, the odds of winning are the same.

Q: What is Power Play®?
A: Power Play® is a prize multiplier that may increase non-jackpot winnings by as much as a million dollars. A multiplier of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 is randomly selected during the drawing for determining prizes for the bottom seven Powerball® prize tiers. The multiplier will not apply to the Match-5 prize; instead, the Powerball® with Power Play® prize will be set at $2 million.

Points for Prizes ®

Q: Can I enter non-winning Powerball® tickets in Points for Prizes®?
A: Yes. Winning and non-winning numbers from terminal-generated games like Powerball® are eligible. Visit https://theclub.aslplayerservices.com/pia to enter and add Points for Prizes® points to your account. Points for Prizes® codes from terminal-generated games not associated with a draw must be entered within 180 days of purchase date whereas draw related games are based on the last draw date printed on the front of the ticket. Look for the 20 digit Points for Prizes Code.

Purchasing Tickets

Q: How much do Powerball® tickets cost?
A: Powerball® tickets cost $2 per play. The Power Play® option costs an additional $1 per play.

Q: Can I purchase Powerball® tickets in advance?
A: To play multiple upcoming draws, request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.

Q: How late can I purchase Powerball® tickets on a draw night?
A: Powerball® sales are suspended one hour prior to the draw.

Q: Can a Powerball® ticket be voided or canceled?
A: No. Once a Powerball® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled.

Q: Can I buy Powerball tickets online or by mail?
A: No. Powerball® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.

Prizes and Claims

Q: Do Powerball® tickets expire?
A: Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date on which the prize was won.

Q: Do I have to match the numbers in the exact order drawn?
A: No. The order of the white ball numbers drawn does not matter, but the one red ball (Powerball®) must match the Powerball® number on the ticket.

Q: Can I redeem a winning Powerball® ticket in any state?
A: Although the winning numbers are the same in all Powerball® states, a ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.

Q: I lost my ticket. Can I claim a prize with a playslip or store receipt?
A: Powerball® prizes can only be claimed with a ticket printed from the lottery terminal. Playslips or store receipts will not constitute proof of purchase. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, meaning the person who presents the ticket for claim will be presumed to be the owner. Always sign the back of any lottery ticket immediately. If you lose a ticket before you sign it, you no longer have valid ownership of the ticket.

Q: If the Powerball® is drawn from a set of 26 balls, why are the odds of winning with just the Powerball® not 1 in 26?
A: The odds of winning the $4 prize for matching just the Powerball® are 1 in 38 because those odds are a combination of (1) matching the Powerball® and (2) not matching any of the white ball numbers. The odds of matching the Powerball® and one white ball are 1 in 92.

Powerball® Jackpot

Q: What happens if more than one person wins the jackpot?
A: If there is more than one jackpot-winning ticket, the prize will be split equally between the jackpot-winning tickets.

Q: Why does a jackpot winner receive a smaller cash amount than the advertised jackpot?
A: The advertised jackpot is the total amount won if a winner selects an annuity over 30 annual payments (29 years). The amount of cash on hand is actually less than that and the advertised jackpot is what the cash on hand would total if invested over the 29 years. If a player chooses a lump sum, the player does not receive the interest that the cash on hand would have earned over 29 years. Applicable withholding taxes will also be deducted.

Q: What happens if the jackpot is not claimed?
A: If the jackpot is not claimed within the time frame set by the jurisdiction in which it was won (180 days in Arkansas), the jackpot funds will be returned to the states based on each state’s proportion of the sales that contributed to that jackpot.

Q: What happens if an annuity prizewinner dies?
A: Annual prize payments can continue to be paid to the winner’s heirs, or the annuity may be cashed out by the estate.

Powerball® is a multi-state jackpot game. Drawings are held at 9:59 p.m. CT every Wednesday and Saturday. Note: Draw sales end at 8:59 p.m. CT Wednesday and Saturday. Five numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 69 and one numbered ball is drawn from 1 to 26. If all your numbers match those that are drawn, you win the jackpot, which starts at an amount set by MUSL and grows until someone wins. If other players also match all six numbers, the prize will be shared in equal amounts. Each Powerball® play is $2.