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Tri-State Lottery

The Tri-State Lottery is the original multi-jurisdictional lottery, offered in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Five games are currently operated by the Tri-State Lottery: Megabucks Plus – Gimme 5 – Pick 3 – Pick 4 and Fast Play.

Latest Numbers

Get the most recent Tri-State Lottery results right here, or use the ‘Numbers’ button for any game to access past winning numbers.


Drawings for all Tri-State Lottery games are held in New Hampshire. Get odds and details of how to play for each lottery offered across the three states.

Megabucks Plus

Megabucks Plus (previously Tri-State Megabucks) costs just $2 per game and offers participants the chance to win some incredible sums of money. All you need to do is pick five main numbers from 1 to 41 and a Megaball number from 1 to 6.

Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 PM EST, with ticket sales closing at 7:50 PM EST. Here’s a breakdown of the prizes and odds:

Prize Tier Prize Won Odds of Winning
Match 5 + Megaball Jackpot (starts at $1 million*) 1 in 4,496,388
Match 5 $30,000 1 in 899,278
Match 4 + Megaball $1,300 1 in 24,980
Match 4 $150 1 in 4,996
Match 3 + Megaball $25 1 in 714
Match 3 $7 1 in 143
Match 2 + Megaball $5 1 in 63
Match 2 $2 1 in 13
Match 1 + Megaball $2 1 in 15
Odds of winning any Megabucks Plus prize are 1 in 6.

*If multiple ticket holders match all five main numbers and the Megaball then they will each receive an equal share of the jackpot.

Jackpot winners can receive their prize as a single cash amount, or in annuity installments with payouts each year.

Gimme 5

Gimme 5 is the newest member of the Tri-State Lottery and offers a top prize of $100,000 in every draw!

Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:00 PM EST. Tickets cost just $1 and must be purchased by 6:45 PM EST on the day of the draw.

To play, all you have to do is pick five numbers between 1 and 39. You can select your own or opt for a Quick Pick if you’re feeling indecisive. Match all five numbers drawn to earn the jackpot. Here’s a quick breakdown of the other four prize tiers:

Prize Tier Prize Won Odds of Winning
Match 5 $100,000* 1 in 575,757
Match 4 $250 1 in 3,387
Match 3 $7 1 in 103
Match 2 $2 1 in 10
The odds of winning any Gimme 5 prize are 1 in 8.8.

*If there are multiple jackpot winners, the top prize will be equally split among them.

Pick 3

Drawings for Pick 3 are held twice daily, at 1:10 PM EST and 6:59 PM EST. You get to choose how much to spend, with tickets available from as little as $0.50 up to $5.00 per bet.

There are six different ways to play, so use the table below to find out what you could win:

Wager Type Match Prize (for a $1 bet) Odds of Winning
Straight Match all 3 numbers in exact order $500 1 in 1,000
3-Way Box Match all 3 numbers in any order (2 digits must be the same e.g. 122) $166 1 in 333
6-Way Box Match all 3 numbers in any order (All 3 digits must are different e.g. 123) $84 1 in 167
Front Pair Match the first 2 numbers in order $50 1 in 100
Back Pair Match the last 2 numbers in order $50 1 in 100
Single Digit Match one number in the correct position $5 1 in 10

Pick 4

Pick 4 is similar to the three number equivalent of the game, with draws also taking place at 1:10 PM EST and 6:59 PM EST each day.

You can play by placing bets between $0.50 and $5.00, with larger wagers producing the potential for larger wins. There are nine exciting ways to win in each draw:

Wager Type Match Prize (for a $1 bet) Odds of Winning
Straight Match all 4 numbers in exact order $5,000 1 in 10,000
4-Way Box Match all 4 numbers in any order (3 digits must be the same e.g. 1222) $1,250 1 in 2,500
6-Way Box Match all 4 numbers in any order (Two pairs of identical digits e.g. 1122) $834 1 in 1,667
12-Way Box Match all 4 numbers in any order (2 digits must be the same e.g. 1123) $416 1 in 883
24-Way Box Match all 4 numbers in any order (All 4 digits are unique e.g. 1234) $208 1 in 417
Front Pair Match the first 2 numbers in order $50 1 in 100
Back Pair Match the last 2 numbers in order $50 1 in 100
Middle Pair Match the 2nd and 3rd numbers in order $50 1 in 100
Single Digit Match one number in the correct position $5 1 in 10

Fast Play

Fast Play differs from the other Tri-State lotteries as you don’t have to wait for a draw to take place, you can win instantly!

The exact games on offer can differ slightly between the three states, but they all work in the same way. Fast Play tickets work like a scratchcard, without the hassle of actually having to scratch-off the card. The winning numbers are printed above your numbers on the same ticket, if you’ve got a match then you can claim a prize – it’s that simple.

Detailed instructions are provided on all Fast Play tickets.

Claiming a Tri-State Lottery Prizes

You’ve won a Tri-State Lottery prize, now what? The claims process varies depending on the value of the win and the state you played from.

$499 or less

Prizes worth $499 or less can be claimed at any lottery retailer in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont. So simply take your ticket back to where you purchased it, or any other lottery agent in the state to claim your prize.

$500 – $599

Prizes within this range can also be claimed at any lottery retailer in Maine or New Hampshire. However, in Vermont you will need to fill in a claims form or visit a People’s United Bank within the state in order to claim your prize. Claims forms are available from any authorized lottery retailer.

$600 or more

In Maine and New Hampshire, prizes worth more than $600 can either be claimed by mail or in-person at the Lottery head office. The Maine office is located in Hallowell and New Hampshire’s in Concord.

Similarly, in Vermont, larger prizes can also be claimed via mail or by visiting the Vermont Lottery Commission Headquarters in Berlin. If the prize is worth less than $5,000, there is also the option to claim at any People’s United Bank.

You are responsible for any applicable state or federal taxes on any prizes that you win that are worth more than $5,000. The federal government withholds 25 percent while Maine will withhold an additional five percent. Vermont will withhold six percent, but New Hampshire doesn’t levy a state tax on lottery winnings.

Out of state players

If you play a Tri-State lottery whilst visiting the area and win a prize, you may need to go back to claim it or mail in the winning ticket along with a claim form.

History of the Tri-State Lottery

  • 1985 – The Tri-State lottery began with the lauch of Tri-State Megabucks. Pick 3 and Pick 4 evening draws also begin later that year.
  • 1990 – Tri-State Megabucks introduces a Wednesday draw as well as the Saturday draw.
  • 2003 – The first Pick 3 and Pick 4 Midday draws took place in June.
  • 2009 – Tri-State Megabucks rebrands as Megabucks Plus and introduces a $2 ticket price and larger prizes.
  • 2013 – Gimme 5 launches with the first draw taking place on May 12th.

Since 1985, all three states have used the lottery games to help the local communities. New Hampshire dedicated 25% of lottery earnings to schools in 2016, and as of 2016, the Vermont Lottery had raised $26,410,147 for the Education Fund. Meanwhile, the Maine Lottery transferred over $18.8 million to their Outdoor Heritage Fund between 1996 and 2017 to aid conservation and wildlife projects.


If you want to play these great multi-jurisdictional games and redeem any prizes that you might win, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old.

Any winnings worth more than $600 are reported to the IRS for tax purposes.

Has someone contacted you with “good news” about a big Tri-State Lottery win? Be careful – you may be the target of a lottery scam. Put down the phone, throw the letter away and read the scams page to learn more about protecting yourself against fraud.

Winning numbers for Tri-State Lottery games played in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont includes Megabucks Plus, Gimme 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Plus details of how to play each game and claiming Tri-State Lottery prizes.

Gimme 5 Tips

Tri-State’s Gimme 5 5/39 started May 15, 2013, and is played in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. To play Gimme 5, choose 5 numbers from 1-39. Tickets are $1 each. Drawings are held three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

You can win a prize for matching 2 or more numbers in Gimme 5. The jackpot for Gimme 5 is a fixed $100,000 cash payment in a lump sum. The jackpot is split evenly if there is more than one winner. The odds of winning the Gimme 5 jackpot prize are one in 575,757. The Gimme 5 jackpot will not make you mega rich, but it’s guaranteed that when you win it, you will be very, very happy.

Below are some free Gimme 5 winning lotto tips to help you play the game smarter, but Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide, explains all of Smart Luck’s successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, and the Wheeling Software to use is Wheel Five Gold.

Lottery Strategies TO HELP YOU WIN Tri-State Gimme 5

Here are a few lottery tips on number selection from Gail Howard’s lotto strategy book, Lottery Master Guide, which have been customized for this specific game: Tri-State Gimme 5. (Additional best lotto tools for Tri-State Gimme 5)

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

How to WIN Tri-State Gimme 5 Lotto


When you select your lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in 67 percent of the drawings.


Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a 39-number game like Gimme 5, numbers 1 to 20 would be in the low half, and numbers 21 to 39 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three high and two low, or two high and three low. One of these two patterns will occur in 67 percent of the drawings.


Look at a list of past winning numbers for this Tri-State pick-5 lotto game, and you’ll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-8-14-17-32, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.


List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)


After you choose five numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the five numbers adds up to somewhere between 75 and 125. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.


In Gimme 5, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every other drawing or 53 percent of the time.


Numbers that have been out (losers) for four games or less account for about half of the winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for seven games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers. Numbers out ten games or less account for 78 percent of the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 5.


It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.

Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates


Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of people who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.

How to Get Lucky in Lotto


When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.


No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.

Lottery Wheels


Balanced Wheeling ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.

It’s true that the more numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in your game. That means wheeling not more than about 25 Gimme 5 numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of numbers.


Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the 39 numbers in the Tri-State Gimme 5 game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide.

Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® number selection methods. You can use a FREE interactive Balanced Wheel ® System that won multiple jackpots. Read about our lottery winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with Smart Luck lotto systems, tell us about it so you can be added to Gail Howard’s growing list of winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, we will honor that.

Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.


Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Gimme 5, with three drawings a week, a set of five numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 3,691 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”


Even four consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.


Never choose all five numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All five winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.


The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.


Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.


Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25 and 7-14-21-28-35.


Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.


The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Gimme 5 has 39 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include a couple of high numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.


Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.

In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend

The shortest, easiest way to search for lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold is the best lotto strategy software which has a vast assortment of charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data.

Win with Lotto Software and Books

See all Smart Luck lottery software and lotto books or the full lottery product guide and list of best Tri-State lottery software and books to use for Tri-State Gimme 5. Also see the references on the right side of this page: products to use for Cali Gimme 5, many articles for more info on understanding lottery strategy and the concepts of lotto wheeling, links to our free wheels for Gimme 5 in the Tri-State area, and more!

Gimme 5 Tips Tri-State’s Gimme 5 5/39 started May 15, 2013, and is played in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. To play Gimme 5, choose 5 numbers from 1-39. Tickets are $1 each. Drawings are held