Louisiana Lotto

What is Louisiana Lotto?

Louisiana Lotto is the flagship jackpot lotto game of the state of Louisiana. A straightforward draw game, Lousiana Lotto features rolling jackpots that continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner. Tickets cost $1 a game with average jackpots payouts of more than $735,000.


Louisiana Lotto initiated operations in January of 1992, and in 1995 began offering cash payouts instead of 20 year annuities.


To win the jackpot, players must match 6 numbers out of a 40 number guess range. Players can use the Quick Pick option to take advantage of randomly generated numbers. Additionally, players have the option of playing the same numbers for up to 20 draws in advance. Each lotto game costs $1. Players can play up to 5 different sets of numbers on each payslip. Players matching 5 numbers win an average of $2,200, 4 matched numbers average $54 while 3 matches usually garners $3.

Draw Days

Louisiana Lotto offers twice weekly draws, on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Draw times are at 22:00 local Louisiana time (CST).

Odds Table

Prize Match Odds
Jackpot 6 of 6 1:3,838,380
2 5 of 6 1:18,816
3 4 of 6 1:456
4 3 of 6 1:32

**Overall odds of winning are 1:35

Minimum Jackpot

Louisiana Lotto features a minimum jackpot of $250,000, with an average rollover of almost $40,000 if there is no winner.

Maximum Jackpot

The biggest jackpot ever paid out by Louisiana Lotto was for $2.2 million in June 2002.

Winnings Claim and Taxes

Louisiana Lotto pays out lump cash sums. Taxes are automatically deducted from winnings of more than $5000.