In the CA Lotto Second Chance Drawing, two RivCo players each win $25,000

The California Lottery’s Second Chance program offers an exciting twist to the traditional lottery experience. In January 2024, two lucky players from Riverside County struck gold, each winning $25,000 in the Second Chance drawing. This blog will explore the Second Chance program, its impact on players like those in Riverside County, and how you can participate.

What is the Second Chance Lottery?

The Second Chance Lottery is a unique feature of the California State Lottery that gives players a second shot at winning with their non-winning tickets. This program includes various games like SuperLotto Plus, Scratchers, and Fantasy 5. Each game has its own set of weekly pool draws, offering substantial cash prizes. For instance, Scratchers 2nd Chance Weekly Pool Draws include two $25,000 winners, five $5,000 winners, and twenty-five $1,000 winners​​.

How Does It Work?

To enter the Second Chance Lottery, players must first have a non-winning ticket from one of the eligible games. Players can submit up to 500 total codes for 2nd Chance drawings each month, with each code counting as a submission. Drawings are conducted weekly, following the Lottery’s regulations and procedures. Winners are selected randomly from eligible entries and are notified via email to log into their Lottery account for prize information​​​​.

The Winners from Riverside County

The recent win by the two Riverside County residents highlights the excitement and possibilities of the Second Chance program. Winning $25,000 each, these players exemplify how non-winning tickets can turn into significant cash prizes. The California Lottery’s 2nd Chance Draws and Winners page is a resource where players can check if they’ve won, and the Lottery also notifies winners via email​​​​.

How Can You Participate?

Participation in the Second Chance Lottery is straightforward:

  1. Create a Lottery Account: Sign up online, providing contact information and setting up a profile.
  2. Enter Eligible Tickets: For Scratchers, enter the ticket serial number, and for Powerball and MegaMillions, include the serial number and unique drawing number.
  3. Submit Tickets Before Expiration: Each ticket has an expiration date, so ensure you enter them before this deadline​​.

What Can You Win?

The Second Chance Lottery offers a range of prizes. In addition to cash prizes like the $25,000 won by the Riverside County players, participants can win merchandise, electronics, cars, trips, and more. The specific prizes vary with each drawing and are outlined in the official rules​​.

Are Second Chance Winnings Taxable?

Yes, cash prizes won through the lottery are taxable income in California. If the prize is $600 or more, the California Lottery automatically withholds federal taxes at a rate of 24%. Winners must report these earnings on their tax returns. For merchandise prizes valued over $5,000, taxes are due on the fair market value of the prize​​.

Tips for Increasing Your Chances

While winning is primarily down to luck, there are strategies to enhance your odds:

  • Enter Every Eligible Ticket: The more entries, the higher the chances.
  • Look for Bonus Entries: Some games offer extra entries for increased odds.
  • Play Games with Better Odds: Games with fewer entries generally offer better chances of winning​​.


The Second Chance Lottery offers a unique opportunity for players to turn their non-winning tickets into substantial wins. The recent success of the Riverside County residents is a testament to the potential of this program.

By participating in the Second Chance Lottery, players not only get another shot at winning but also contribute to the state’s funding for education and community projects. So, next time you have a non-winning lottery ticket, remember it could be your ticket to a second chance at luck.