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How to play the California Daily Derby

Playing the California Daily Derby and picking possible winning numbers are as easy as counting to five! Five steps, five numbers and simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes. 

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What is the California Daily Derby?

Daily Derby is a racing-themed CA lottery game which features two chances to win with each play and a daily draw.  Playing the game is simple and players need to choose three lucky horses to finish first, second and third.

The odds of winning the Grand Prize or choosing a Trifecta plus the winning Race Time is 1 in 1.32 million. The odds for a Win or selecting the 1st place winner is 1 in 13.2.

How to play the California Daily Derby?

Daily Derby:

$2 cost

Time and Date of the Next draw: Daily Derby draws take place every day, after the draw entry closes at 6:30 p.m.

How to play?

Using a Lottery play slip – available at any Lottery retailer, pick 3 horses to finish in first, second and third places. You can also select Quick Pick®, or just ask the cashier for a Daily Derby Quick Pick, and a random number generator will choose the horses and/or Race Times on your behalf.

Use any of these ways to check for California Daily Derby winning results:

Look on the Lottery website for winning numbers and prize amounts.

Download the Lottery mobile app to see winning numbers.

Scan a ticket using the Check-A-Ticket feature on the mobile app.

Use the Check-A-Ticket machine at a Lottery retail location.

More Details!

Select Horses

On a Daily Derby play slip, mark 3 horses for finish in the first, second, and third place. A ‘Quick Pick’ option is also available and horses will randomly be picked on a player’s behalf.

Select Race Time

Next players indicate the time that they think it will take the first horse to finish. This is called the Race Time, and it can be any time from 1:40:00 (one minute, forty seconds) to 1:49:99 (one minute, 49.99 seconds). Simply provide the last 3 digits of the Race Time by selecting one number from each column.

For example, to bet 1:49:79, a player would mark 9:79 for their ticket and mark 9 on the 1st column, 7 on the 2nd column and 9 on the 3rd column.

Advance Play (Optional) is also available and players can opt to play the same horses and race time for up to 14 consecutive draws.  Mark number of consecutive times to play the same horses & race time

Purchase the ticket

Daily Derby tickets cost $2.00 for each play, per draw.

California Daily Derby Horse Names

Below is the list of Daily Derby‘s 12 horses that you can pick from:

Gold Rush

Lucky Star

Hot Shot

Big Ben

California Classic

Whirl Win

Eureka

Gorgeous George

Winning Spirit

Solid Gold

Money Bags

Lucky Charms

How to Win the California Daily Derby Prizes

Players will different prizes depending on how many horses and places are matched, as well as whether they have matched the Race Time.

Grand Prize: If all three chosen horses are drawn by the lottery in the correct order and a player has also picked the right Race Time, they will win the Grand Prize.

Trifecta: If all three chosen horses are drawn by the lottery in the correct order, a player will win the Trifecta.

Race Time Only: If the race time, which is the time taken by the first-place horse, matches the time picked picked, the ‘race time' price will be won.

Exacta: If the chosen horses for the 1st and 2nd place match the 1st and 2nd place horses drawn by the lottery, a player will win the Exacta.

Win: When a chosen 1st place horse matches the 1st place horse drawn by the lottery.

California Daily Derby Prizes

The Daily Derby has a rolling jackpot, and other prize tiers depend on the amount a player’s wager for each game. Prize amounts can vary from draw to draw.

California Daily Derby Drawing Schedule

Daily Derby draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST. The draw is held immediately after sales close, so you have up to 6:29 PM to buy eligible tickets.

California Daily Derby Frequently Asked Questions

Daily Derby is available at all Lottery retailers. Daily Derby draws take place every day, and entries must be made before 6:30 p.m. to be eligible for that day’s draw. Winning numbers are available at any Lottery retailer and through media outlets.

An Automated Draw Machine, which is a state-of-the-art computer, draws the winning horses and race times.

How to claim your lotto cash prize

To collect a prize, just follow the simple claim process for the type of prize won. After your claim is processed at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento, a check will be received in the mail in about 6 to 8 weeks.

$599 and Under Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery retailer Take the winning ticket to a Lottery retailer and the clerk will hand you cash on the spot.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

$600 and Over Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery District Office. Bring the winning ticket and a completed Claim Form to any Lottery District Office. Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form. Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

2nd Chance Claim Process

Download and print the 2nd Chance Claim Form (PDF).

Mail your claim form. Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

For any questions, players can call the Lottery’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-LOTTERY (1-800-568-8379), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is recommended to send everything by certified mail and saving a copy of every item submitted.

The claiming period for prizes may vary by promotion. Refer to the specific Promotion Rules for details.

State law prohibits the sale of a Lottery ticket or the payment of a prize to anyone under 18. Tickets failing validation are void.

All California State Lottery game tickets, transactions, claims and prize payments are subject to California State law and the California State Lottery rules and regulations.

What to do when you win?

At the very least, a winner will need a lawyer, an accountant, and a financial advisor with experience in this specific field and asked the relevant questions before signing up for their services!

When you have your initial interview, here are the questions you want to ask:

How Much and how do you charge for your services?

What licenses, credentials and certifications do you have?

Which services does your firm provide?

What do you specialize in?

Ask to see a sample financial plan.

How much contact do you have with your clients?

Will you be working only with one person or with a team

History of the California Daily Derby

The California State Lottery itself was approved by voters on November 6, 1984.

The California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education since 1985, and 87% of its sales must be returned to the public as prizes or contributions to education.

Comparison table for California Daily Derby

Daily Derby Odds of Winning:

Category
Match
Odds
Grand Prize
Trifecta & Race Time
1 in 1,320,000
Trifecta
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
1 in 1,321
Exacta
1st & 2nd Place
1 in 147
Win
1st Place
1 in 13.2
Race Time
Race Time Only
1 in 1,001

Tips for playing California Daily Derby

Remember – there’s no way to predict the numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your chance to win.

Play the Right Games

Read the odds to ensure you're maximizing your chances of winning.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

Use a lottery app to keep track

Tips for Responsible Gambling

Never gamble with borrowed money.

Create a weekly or monthly recreational spending budget and stick to it.

Only spend what you can afford to lose.

Over time, odds are you will lose, and significant financial gain is rarely a benefit of gambling.

Don’t gamble alone. Do it socially with friends, family or colleagues while enjoying other forms of entertainment.

Gambling should never be essential to having a good time.

Limit how often and for how long you gamble.

Gambling should be your choice. Don’t let anyone pressure you to do it.

Avoid alcohol or other drugs when you gamble as it can affect your judgment.

Why the California Daily Derby is so popular

Not only does the California Daily Derby offer players “top prize” payouts, but it has multiple ways and chances to win.  As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the California Daily Derby offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG!

Will a lottery “club” improve your chance of winning?

Joining a lottery “club” will not improve your chances of winning foreign lotteries although Con artists will claim that pooling your money with other people means you can buy more tickets and have more chances to win.

What Are Lottery Pools?

A lottery pool is when group of players pools money to buy lottery tickets together – any of the tickets bought which results in a win, will be split.

Not only will it not increase your chances but lottery pool members have previously been sued for various reasons, like conflicts over who participated in the pool, whether tickets were purchased privately or for the group, whether the proper numbers were played, and more.

There have also been cases where corrupt people collected money for lottery pools then pocketed the cash without ever buying the tickets.

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Odds of winning the California Daily Derby

To win the grand prize, players need to strike the Trifecta and Race Time. The odds of winning this are 1:1,320,000. To win in the Trifecta category, players have to match the first, second, and third place horses with odds of 1: 1,321. Wining exacta requires a player to match the first and second place with odds of 1:147.  If the first place is matched, players will also win under the Win category at odds of 1:13.2. The Race Time category requires players to match the Race Time only at odds of 1:1,001.

Daily Derby Odds of Winning:

Category
Match
Odds
Grand Prize
Trifecta & Race Time
1 in 1,320,000
Trifecta
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
1 in 1,321
Exacta
1st & 2nd Place
1 in 147
Win
1st Place
1 in 13.2
Race Time
Race Time Only
1 in 1,001

Is the California Daily Derby a Scam?

Absolutely not! The California State Lottery began on November 6, 1984 and is still going strong 36 years later!

What is a lottery scam?

A lottery scam is an attempt to fraudulently extract money from someone by pretending to be a legitimate lottery company or winning player. It has sadly become a too common method of deception as such scams prey on people’s desire to win money and the popularity of big lottery games.

How to protect yourself?

Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence – so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.

Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.

If you didn't buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn't win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.

The lottery doesn't notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.

Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

Talk to someone. Before giving up any money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists bet on decisions that are made in a hurry.  The chances of recovering money from foreign crooks may be even worse than that of actually winning a lottery. 

If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

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Conclusion

Daily Derby is a racing-themed CA lottery game. The Daily Derby draws are conducted on a standalone computer or which is better known as Automated Draw Machine.  The automated draw machine is not in any way connected to any other computer system and the program generates random numbers that cannot be altered in any way. The California Lottery has a total of 3 separate automated draw machines.

After the drawing, it is a player’s responsibility to check if their ticket has won a prize. The draws are held daily and entry closes at 6.30 p.m.  There are at least two chances to win with each ticket purchased. Winnings over $599 are subject to taxes and other offsets. However, California does not charge state or local taxes.  

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