FAQs

FAQs

When are Cash4Life drawings?
Drawings are held at 9 p.m. every Monday and Thursday.

What is the cutoff time for buying tickets?
Sales will end at 8:45 p.m. each Monday and Thursday.

How is the game played?
Players select five numbers from 1 to 60 and one “Cash Ball” numbered from 1 to 4. Select your own numbers or have numbers Quick Picked by the Lottery terminal.

How much does it cost to play?
Each line of numbers costs $2. Players may purchase up to five lines on a single ticket.

Can I purchase more than one draw at a time?
Yes. Players can purchase up to 15 draws at a time with up to five lines of numbers for each draw.

What are the prizes?
Matching the first five numbers plus the Cash Ball pays $1,000 a day for life or a one-time payment of $7 million before taxes. Matching the first five numbers without the Cash Ball pays $1,000 a week for life or a one-time payment of $1 million before taxes. Lower-level prizes range from $2 to $2,500.

What are the odds of winning?
The overall odds of winning any prize in Cash4Life are 1 in 8. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 21,846,048. The odds for the second-tier prize are 1 in 7,282,016.
Click here for more information on the Cash4Life prize structure.

Can Cash4Life tickets be cancelled if there’s a mistake?
No. Once the tickets are printed they cannot be cancelled. Please use a playslip to ensure the accuracy of your ticket.

Are the drawings televised?
Drawings are available live on our website. Click here to watch a drawing.

What states participate in Cash4Life?
Tickets for the game are currently sold in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland.

If I buy a ticket in one of the other states and win a prize, can I cash it in Maryland?
No. All Cash4Life prizes must be claimed in the state where you purchased the ticket.

How long do I have to claim a prize?
Cash4Life prizes won in Maryland must be claimed within 182 days of the date of the drawing.

Can I purchase Cash4Life tickets by subscription?
No. The Maryland Lottery currently offers subscriptions for two games: Multi-Match and Mega Millions. At this time, we do not have plans to offer subscriptions for other games.

If I win the top-tier or second-tier prize, can I name a beneficiary to receive payments in the event of my death?
The top-tier and second-tier prizes are for the natural life of the winner. Winners who select the annuity option are guaranteed at least 20 years of annual payments and may name a beneficiary. If an annuity winner dies before receiving 20 payments, the winner’s beneficiary will receive the annual payments for the remainder of those 20 years.

If I win the top-tier or second-tier prize, when will I receive my first payment and how much will it be?
Winners of the top prize can choose to receive annual payments of $365,000 or a lump-sum payment of $7 million. Winners of the second-tier prize can choose to receive annual payments of $52,000 or a lump-sum payment of $1 million. The first annual payment or lump-sum payment will be sent by mail from Annapolis within 7 to 10 business days after the claim is made. If there is more than one winner of the top-tier or second-tier prize, payments are made on a parimutuel basis (see next question).

How would the top prize or second-tier prize be shared if there are multiple winners in a single drawing?
If there are two or more top-prize winning tickets sold for a single drawing, the $1,000 a day for life prize would be divided by the number of winning tickets, with all winners receiving an annuity prize of at least $500 a week for life or an equal share of a $7 million prize pool. If there are more than 15 top-prize winning tickets, no annuity prize will be available. The second-tier prize will be $1,000 a week for life if there are between one and five winning tickets in a single drawing. If there are more than five second-tier winning tickets, the winners would equally share a $5 million prize pool.



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