Authorized by the Wisconsin state legislature and overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the Wisconsin State Lottery became an official organization in 1988. It offers lottery jackpot draw games, instant scratcher games and pull-tab games, along with Second Chance Lotto and annual lottery raffles.
Since its official authorization, the Wisconsin State Lottery has paid out over $9.7 billion in prizes. With an overall revenue of over $17 billion as of 2022, the Lottery has returned over $5.1 billion in revenue as property tax credits to Wisconsin taxpayers and over $1.0 billion in revenue to Wisconsin businesses.
The Wisconsin Lottery is part of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). At present, the Association has 38 state and federal district members, including District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and it allows for cross-selling of multi-jurisdictional lottery jackpot games that include Powerball and Mega Millions. In addition to Powerball and Mega Millions, the Wisconsin State Lottery's lottery jackpot or 'Lotto' draw games include Megabucks, Badger 5, Supercash!, All or Nothing, Pick 3, Pick 4, and 10 Buck Luck.
Prior to The Wisconsin State Lottery's official authorization, Wisconsin residents had the option of purchasing modern lottery tickets sold on the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin's reservation. The reservation's most popular lottery game was 'Big Green,' a Pick-6/36 game in which players choose 6 numbers from a total of 36 numbers. The 36 numbers were drawn randomly, and the grand prize went to players who matched all 6 of their numbers in the drawing.
In 1992, two friends split a $22 million Mega Millions jackpot from a ticket sold in Menomonie, Wisconsin. When they purchased the ticket, they sealed their agreement to split the winnings with a handshake. In 2019, a customer purchased a Powerball ticket from a gas station/convenience store in New Berlin. They matched all the numbers and won the $768 million jackpot, which was the third-largest jackpot in the US at that time.
The Wisconsin State Lottery currently offers 9 separate 'Lotto' jackpot games, with jackpots that vary depending on the starting jackpots and number of players who purchase tickets. With all Lotto jackpot games, players can choose their own numbers or opt for Quick Pick, where the numbers are randomly generated via the lottery retailer's computer ticketing system.
Winners can redeem prizes up to $599 at any participating Wisconsin State Lottery retailer, while winnings over $600 must be claimed in person at the Milwaukee or Madison state lottery offices. For prizes that exceed $199,999, recipients must first make an appointment with the state lottery office to ensure that office staff has ample time to process the claims.
Powerball jackpot drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Each ticket costs $2, and players can play up to 12 draws (or 4 weeks) in advance. To play the game, prospective players must choose a total of 6 numbers — 5 numbers plus the Powerball number.
Powerball prizes range from $4 to the full Lotto jackpot, depending on how many numbers match the drawn numbers. Since Powerball is part of the Multi-State Lottery, winnings are sometimes divided among multiple winners in different states. Players who match 5 numbers plus the Powerball are entitled to the full jackpot (minus taxes and possible division among other winners).
Prizes are awarded to all players who match between 4 and 6 numbers, as well as those who match between 1 and 5 numbers plus the Powerball number. Winners can claim their prizes at any participating Wisconsin State Lottery Retailer.
Mega Millions numbers are drawn every Tuesday and Friday. To play the game, players choose a total of 6 numbers — 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball number. Prizes start at $2 for players who correctly choose the Mega Ball number and increase in value with the more numbers a player chooses correctly. Similar to Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots can grow higher and higher as more people purchase tickets, and prizes are awarded to every player who matches between 4 and 6 numbers or between 1 and 5 numbers plus the Mega Millions number. Mega Millions is also part of the Multi-State Lottery, so jackpots may be divided among winners in different states.
Megabucks numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday, and the grand prize jackpot always starts at $1 million. Prize amounts start at $2 for players who correctly choose between 3 and 6 numbers out of 6 total numbers, and the total jackpot increases as more people purchase tickets. Megabucks is Wisconsin's biggest state lottery game.
Badger 5 is a daily draw game with prizes starting at $1 for players who correctly choose between 2 and 5 out of 5 jackpot numbers. The odds of winning a prize in Badger 5 are approximately 1 in 169,911, and the jackpot consists of approximately 50-percent of all daily ticket sales.
Supercash! is a daily jackpot drawing game with a top maximum prize of $350,000. Supercash! numbers are drawn each day, and the minimum prize is $1. Players choose 6 numbers per play, and prizes are awarded for all plays that match 3 to 6 numbers.
All or Nothing offers a prize of $100,000 with drawings twice a day. The game is simple — players choose 11 numbers out of 22 total numbers. If ALL or NONE of the player's chosen numbers match (or don't match) the drawn numbers, they win $100,000. There are no prizes awarded for partial matches.
Pick 3 and Pick 4 Lotto games draw twice daily. Pick 3 offers a top prize of $500, while Pick 4's top prize is $5,000. To play Pick 3, players choose a single number per row, with 3 rows total. Players have the option of choosing Straight Play or Box Play. Pick 4 follows the same guidelines as Pick 3, but there are 4 numbers instead of 3.
Straight Play generally pays out more, while Box Play typically pays out more often. To win a prize using Straight Play, all numbers must match the drawn numbers exact order in which they were drawn. For Box Play, all numbers must also match the drawn numbers, but the numbers can be in any order in the box.
10 Buck Luck is a special draw game offered by the Wisconsin State Lottery that allows players to purchase single-play Powerball, Mega Millions, All or Nothing, Megabucks, Supercash!, Badger 5, and Pick 3 and 4 Box Play tickets for $10.
The Wisconsin State Lottery offers a wide selection of instant scratcher games, with cash prizes ranging from $1 to $2 million and up. Games include basic number matching, crossword puzzles, BINGO and blackjack, and specific themes can vary depending on the seasons. Holiday games are generally available throughout the fall and winter months, and new games are added on a regular basis.
Here are the taxes withheld from lottery prizes claimed by U.S. citizens or residents.
|$1,999 to $5,000||State Tax||7.65%|
|Over $5,000||State Tax||7.65%|
If the winner is not a citizen or resident of the U.S., the Wisconsin Lottery withholds the following amount:
|Up to $1,999||State Tax||0%|
|$2,000 or more||State Tax||7.65%|
To purchase Lotto draw game tickets or scratch-off games through the Wisconsin State Lottery, players must be 18 years of age or older.
As of 2022, Wisconsin follows an 'open records law'. This means that the Wisconsin State Lottery is required to release information such as winner names and the cities in which they reside upon request, if the information is considered public interest. However, winners are not required to provide additional identifiable information such as their home addresses, and they do not have to speak to the media unless they choose to do so.
Currently, the Wisconsin State Lottery does not
offer an app or web-based feature to check winning numbers or scan tickets.
Players can scan their tickets at Wisconsin State Lottery self-checker kiosks
located in participating lottery retailers or you can use the APP at Lottery Current to scan tickets and track your expenses.
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