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What is Super 2nd Chance?

  • A weekly drawing where 10 people are selected to win $1,000 on non-winning ticket(s).
  • For more information see the Super 2nd Chance page.

What is Twice Daily Draws?

A second daily draw was added to three Lotto games—Pick 3, Pick 4, and All or Nothing.

  • The two daily draws are called MIDDAY and EVENING.
  • For all three games, the MIDDAY draw takes place at 1:30 p.m. and the EVENING draw takes place at 9:00 p.m.
  • Players can choose to play MIDDAY, EVENING, or BOTH draws each day.
  • Prizes, odds of winning, and how to play Pick 3, Pick 4, and All or Nothing remain the same. The games and how to play them have not changed

How do I enter Super 2nd Chance?

Collect at least $5 worth of eligible non-winning instant and/or lotto tickets for which the prize claim period has not expired. Lotto tickets are valid for 180 days from the draw date. See How to Enter Super 2nd Chance for all details.

Can I redeem a winning ticket at the touchscreen Lottery vending machines?

Winning tickets up to $100 can be redeemed as credits to purchase other Lottery tickets at the touchscreen vending machines. No actual cash is dispensed by the machine.

Can I redeem a winning ticket at the taller Lottery vending machines that have plastic buttons instead of touchscreens?

No, the option to redeem your winnings as credits is only available on the shorter, touchscreen vending machines.

What do I do with a ticket that I redeemed on a vending machine?

The ticket is considered redeemed and can be thrown away. We recommend tearing the ticket in half so others know it has been redeemed.

Can I use redeemed tickets to enter the Super 2nd Chance Drawing?

No, they cannot be used for entry into the drawing. Only non-winning, non-expired tickets are eligible for the Super 2nd Chance Drawing.

How long does it take to receive payment on a mailed in ticket?

  • We are not responsible for the United State Postal Service; however we process tickets as soon as they are received.
  • It may take up to four weeks for the complete process.

Can I send in expired tickets?

  • No.
  • Tickets eligible for Super 2nd Chance are non-winning instant or lotto ticket(s), in which the prize claim period has not expired.
  • Lotto tickets are valid for 180 days after the draw date.
  • For a list of valid instant tickets, please click here Instant Games.

When my ticket is scanned it says “TICKET NOT ACTIVATED. SEE RETAILER.” What does this mean?

  • This means the retailer that sold you the ticket did not activate the pack of tickets.
  • Give us a call at 608-267-4804.

How are winning tickets distributed?

Wisconsin Lottery winning tickets are distributed randomly. We have no control over who wins or where the winner is from. Areas in Wisconsin with higher populations tend to have more retailers. These areas may also have more sales and more winners. Since winners are chosen randomly, a city or area may have many winners in a short time frame. Other times, a city or area may go a long period of time without big winners.

If my ticket is expired, can I still collect on its winnings?

  • No, once is a ticket is expired it can no longer be paid out.

With Twice Daily Draws, will my ticket automatically apply to BOTH drawings now?

No, not automatically. When you buy a ticket, you do have to select which draws to play in (MIDDAY, EVENING, or BOTH) and you do have to pay for each drawing you selected. For example, if you play 1 set of numbers in All or Nothing and select BOTH Midday and Evening draw, your total ticket price is $4 – because it is $2 per play so, for two drawings (MIDDAY and EVENING) your total would be $4.

What should I do if I have a winning ticket?

  • Click Claiming Prizes for information.

Can I use a mailing label on the tickets?

  • Yes.
  • Mailing labels are acceptable.

If the overall odds on a ticket are 1:10, why didn’t I win when I bought ten tickets?

  • The odds are calculated by taking the total number of tickets printed divided by the total number of prizes available.
  • The prizes’ location in the game are random.
  • A string of ten tickets may not produce a winner, but another string of ten tickets may produce several winners.

How many advanced draws can I play on each game?

  • Powerball, Mega Millions and Megabucks can be played 8 consecutive draws in advance.
  • All daily games can be played 7 consecutive draws in advance. These include: Badger5, SuperCash!, All or Nothing, Pick 3 and Pick 4.

My ticket looks like a winner to me, but when it is scanned it comes up as non-winning.

Give us a call at 608-261-4916 and we can play the game with you, or arrange to have you send in a photo, so we can help you figure it out.

Does Twice Daily Draws double the cost to play?

Twice daily draws does NOT double the cost to play but you do have to pay for each drawing. When you buy a ticket, you select which draws to play in (MIDDAY, EVENING, or BOTH) and you pay for each drawing you selected. For example, if you play 1 set of numbers in All or Nothing and select BOTH (MIDDAY and EVENING draw), your total ticket price is $4 – which is $2 for 1 play in 2 drawings. You could also choose to play 1 set of numbers in just the All or Nothing Evening draw or just the All or Nothing MIDDAY draw. Then your total ticket price is $2.

Where are the Lottery offices located?

  • Madison Lottery Office is located at:
    • Department of Revenue
      2135 Rimrock Rd
      Madison, WI 53713
  • Milwaukee Lottery Office is located at:
    • State Office Building
      819 N 6th St 4th Floor
      Milwaukee, WI 53203

Do I have to fill out the back of all the tickets in the envelope?

  • At least one of the non-winning tickets should be completed with the player’s name, address and phone number.

How does the Megabucks jackpot work?

  • For every Megabucks ticket sold, a percentage of that $1 is placed into a jackpot prize pool.
  • The more tickets sold, the higher the cash option.
  • ​​​​​​​With Megabucks, the lottery automatically funds a starting cash option of $400,000 and an annuity of $1 million.

In some cases, the Megabucks annuity jackpot may stay the same or decrease. The annuity jackpot, funded by the cash pool available to purchase government bonds, can vary if there are changes in the overall financial markets or the U.S. government’s bond rating. These changes can make it much more expensive to buy these long-term securities. So, even as the cash jackpot continues to grow, the estimated annuity jackpot may remain the same or decrease from one drawing to the next.

Where are the drawings held?

  • Powerball drawings are held at Universal Studios in Florida.
  • Mega Millions drawing are held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Powerball and Mega Millions drawings are broadcast over satellite. Wisconsin stations are not contractually obligated to show the drawing however, they typically show the drawing when the jackpot is high.
  • All other drawing can be viewed on YouTube.

How do I check to see if I owe state debt?

  • You can call the state debt collection number at (608) 266-7879.

How long do I have to claim a winning ticket?

  • Lotto tickets are valid for 180 days after the draw date.
  • For a list of valid ticket please click here Instant Games.

Do I have to sign each of the tickets in the envelope?

We recommend you sign your tickets as soon as you purchase them. But, no, you do not need to sign every ticket for Super 2nd Chance.

Where can I find the game number on an instant scratch ticket?

  • On the back of any instant scratch ticket, the game number is the first three or four numbers in the string of numbers located immediately above the long barcode (usually found at the bottom of the ticket back).

How are the Wisconsin Lottery drawings conducted?

  • All Wisconsin Lottery games are drawn using a Random Number Generator (RNG).
  • A RNG is a machine with the sole purpose of picking random numbers. It is not connected to any outside line or to the Lottery gaming system.

Where can I buy Wisconsin Lottery Tickets?

  • Please click here for a listing of Wisconsin Lottery Retailers.

Who should sign my Office Pool ticket?

  • The ticket should be signed and submitted to the Madison Wisconsin Lottery Office.
  • A court order must be issued.
  • Please click here for Multiple Winners packet.

What is the cutoff time for buying a ticket?

Pick 3, Pick 4, and All or Nothing drawings are held every day after 1:30 p.m. for MIDDAY draws and after 9:00 p.m. for EVENING draws. Tickets must be purchased before 1:30 p.m. to be included in that day’s MIDDAY draw and before 9:00 p.m. to be included in that day’s EVENING draw.

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?

  • Yes, all lottery winnings are taxable.
  • We automatically deduct
    • Federal tax for a ticket $5,001+ is 24%.
    • State tax for a ticket $2,000+ is 7.65%.

Can a ticket over $5 be split for multiple entries?

  • No, tickets can not be split.
  • They are void if stolen, unissued, mutilated, altered, unreadable, counterfeit, defective, multiply printed or fail validation tests.

Where does the money go?

  • Click here to see the About the Wisconsin Lottery page.

Why does it seem like all the winners are coming from a specific area of the state?

  • The population in certain areas is higher, so more people are buying lottery tickets in that area.
  • If more people are buying tickets in the area, that area is more likely to have winners.

Can I buy Wisconsin Lottery Tickets using a credit card?

  • No. You cannot use your credit card to purchase lottery tickets.
  • By law, lottery tickets may only be purchased with cash.

How does more than one person claim a ticket?

  • A court order must be issued if more than one person is claiming a prize.
  • Read more in the Multiple Winner Checklist.

Do I need a Social Security number in order to claim a Wisconsin Lottery win?

You do not need to provide a Social Security number (SSN) when cashing a prize up to $599. To claim a prize $600 or higher, you will need to provide one of the following: a SSN, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or a completed IRS Form W-8BEN.

Note: Only provide personal information when you are filling out a claim form or when you come to the validations office to claim a prize. Do not provide your personal or confidential information to someone who calls claiming to be from a lottery or a government agency as that may be a scam.

Can a winner remain anonymous?

  • No. Wisconsin has an “open records law.”
  • Most information that state government produces or controls is available to any organization or person requesting it. Only information “in the public’s interest” may be released by a government agency.
  • The lottery, upon request, must release the name and city of the winner. Any other information about the winner will be released only with the winner’s consent. Likewise, it is the winner’s choice if they would like to speak to the media.

Can I win the Wisconsin Lottery if I am from out of State?

  • Yes.
  • If you purchased a Wisconsin lottery ticket you can still claim your prize.
  • Mail your ticket in to the address below to be redeemed.
    Prizes
    PO Box 777
    Madison, WI 53774

Are the drawings broadcast live?

No. However, Powerball and Mega Millions are broadcast over satellite, so many Wisconsin stations can broadcast the drawings. Wisconsin stations are not contractually obligated to show them, therefore, which stations air them and when and how they choose to do so is at the station’s discretion.

All other Wisconsin Lottery games are drawn using a Random Number Generator (RNG). An RNG is a machine with the sole purpose of picking random numbers. It is not connected to any outside line or to the Lottery gaming system. These drawings are not televised. However, videotapes of the drawings are available for public review for 180 days following the drawing. Results from these drawings are also available on our website, through many local newspapers, at retailers, and by calling our 24-hour player hotline at (608) 266-7777.

Official Wisconsin Lottery Site

Tax and Lottery Intercept

When the amount of past-due support meets certain criteria, the child support program will intercept the delinquent payer’s state and federal tax refund(s), and state lottery winnings of $1000 or more.

Federal Tax Intercept

For federal tax returns to be intercepted, all three of these conditions must be true :

    The past-due amount owed to the family is $500 or more on a court case – OR – $150 or more if any part of the past-due amount is assigned to the state.

The child support agency knows the Social Security number or Tax Identification number of the parent who owes the past-due support.

The case gets case-management services (child support services) from a local child support agency.

State Tax Intercept

State tax refunds are intercepted if all four conditions below are met :

  1. The past-due amount on a court case is $150 or more.
  2. The child support agency knows the Social Security number or Tax Identification number of the parent who owes past-due support.
  3. The case receives case management services (child support services) from a local child support agency.
  4. The case is a Wisconsin child support case. (If the payer files a state return in another state, Wisconsin might work with that state to intercept that state’s refund.)

Lottery Intercept

If parent wins a Wisconsin state lottery prize worth $1,000 or more and is certified for state tax intercept, the certified amount will automatically be taken from the prize winnings and used to pay past-due support. The intercepted lottery winnings are paid out the same way as intercepted state tax refunds.

The lottery winnings will be taken if the parent gets the full jackpot all at once, or if the winnings are paid out over time.

Further Reading

These materials are available on the Wisconsin Child Support web site:

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