Types of Lottery Games

The age doesn’t lie. The lottery might be one of the oldest game ever created in human history. However, it is also one of the most famous games we ever see until today. Millions of people from all around the world play this game every single day, hoping that one day they would bring home the prize.

As the game evolves, many types of the lottery are available today. However, all these games can be classified into 5 basic types of the lottery: instant games, multi-state games, dailies, little lottos, and lotto.


In this game, the drawing process begins when the host put a number of balls into a selected drawing equipment. The number of balls may vary from state to state. In Michigan, for example, there are 47 balls inside the equipment, while in Florida, they usually add extra 6 balls into the equipment.

Now, in order to choose the winner, the host will draw 6 numbers from the equipment. There are 2 ways to become a lotto winner. To win the jackpot, your numbers should match all the 6 numbers drawn by the host. What if you only have 3, 4, or even 5 of the matching numbers? Don’t worry. You can still win the lower-tier prizes.

Little lottos

Little lottos are similar with lotto games, but with better odds. As the name suggests, there are fewer balls in Litte Lottos than the conventional lotto. For example, the Florida Fantasy draws the winning number from just 36 balls, while Georgia Fantasy draws them from 39 balls.

To win the game, you just need to pick 5 numbers and these numbers should match exactly with the winning number drawn by the host. That applies for the jackpot prize, though. You can still win the lower-tier prize if you only have 4, 3 or even 1 matching number.


Unlike many lottery games, Dailies is a lottery type that picks its winner on a daily basis. The odds are better, but the prize is less due to the more frequent drawing. In some states, you can even play them 7 times a week.

The most popular Dailies games are Pick 3 or Pick 4. In Pick 3, you have to choose 3 number, anything from 000 to 999. In Pick 4, you have to pick 4 numbers from 0000 to 9999. Each of these game has their own play slips and type of plays, including exact order, any order, exact/any, and combination. The cost of playing will depend on your chosen type, ranging from 50 cents to $3.

Your fate in this game is decided by your chosen type of play. If you play exact order in Pick 3, all your 3 numbers should match all the 3 winning digits. For example, if the winning number is 201, your number should be 201 to win the prize. If you play any order, even if you have 102, 012, or 201, you can still win the game.

Multi-state games

Multi-state games is basically when multiple states join together to create lottery game with better payout than if they host it separately. MegaMillion is one of these multi-state games. The game is originally created by local government in Washington, Virginia, Texas, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Georgia, and California.

Powerball is also a multi-state game. This game is hosted by MUSL or the Multi-State Lottery Association. The game is now played in 29 states, the US Virgin Islands, and District of Columbia.

Instant games

You may know this game as scratch-off game. In order to win, you don’t have to pick numbers, wait until the drawing, and match your numbers with the winning digits. There is no need for that. All you have to do is scratch your ticket and see if it matches the winning number. That’s it 🙂