How to Check Lotto Results

By D. Laverne O'Neal
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Winning the lottery is the dream of many. As of 2011, 43 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, sponsor lotteries, including some combination of instant scratch-off, daily and Lotto games. Lotto games require players to choose a series of numbers to match the numbers chosen during a lotto drawing. Drawings typically occur once or twice weekly. Lotto games offer high winnings. Generally, when no one wins in a given week, the jackpot for the following week grows.

Look at the daily newspaper of the state that sponsors the lottery. If you are playing a multi-state-sponsored game, you can find results in the newspapers of every sponsoring state.

Visit the lottery results page of, an official portal of the U.S. government, and select the name of the appropriate state.

Watch the lotto drawing on television. Many states sponsor live televised lotto drawings. In addition, local network news shows may broadcast lotto numbers. You may also see the latest lotto numbers in 5- to 10-second spots sponsored by the state lottery organization. These spots typically air during regularly scheduled programming.

About the Author

D. Laverne O'Neal, an Ivy League graduate, published her first article in 1997. A former theater, dance and music critic for such publications as the "Oakland Tribune" and Gannett Newspapers, she started her Web-writing career during the dot-com heyday. O'Neal also translates and edits French and Spanish. Her strongest interests are the performing arts, design, food, health, personal finance and personal growth.