The rules to lotteries are simple. Predict the numbers that will be drawn and enter them into the system. The machine prints out your stub with you number on it. Watch television for the live drawing or go online to find results. Results are also available from the agency where you played the numbers.
People feel that it is worth risking a dollar or two when you could win millions in cash. If you do win, you are given the choice to choose between a lump sum payment or annual payments from the state lotto agent. Most people opt for lump sum, because they want the freedom to invest the money as they see fit.
Scratch off lottery tickets offer smaller prizes, but better odds. Buy the scratch off that most appeals to you. There are usually dozens of games available. The strategy involves scratching off boxes to reveal matching symbols. Prizes usually range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars. In some areas, scratch offs that didn't win can be submitted to the local or national agency for a second chance drawing.
Every locality has regulations regarding lotto prizes. Players must be at least 18 years of age. Prizes generally must be claimed within a year, though there are some states where you only have a few months. You must have the actual ticket to claim a prize, a photo copy is not acceptable. If you lose your printed stub, there is no way to claim your winnings. Find out if you won at your local lottery agent.