ALBANY — New Yorkers will be able to play the popular Take 5 game twice daily starting Monday.

The new draw time at 2:30 p.m. aligns Take 5 with Numbers and Win4, which already draw twice daily.

Sales for the newly-added mid-day drawing will close at 2:15 p.m. The daily drawing at 10:30 p.m. will continue as currently scheduled.

“Take 5 created more than 2.5 million cash prize winners last fiscal year. The added drawing for this popular game will give New York players more chances to win,” said NY Lottery Executive Director Gweneth Dean in a news release.

Take 5 is played by selecting five numbers from 1 to 39. Prizes are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

Money in the prize pool is allocated by percentage to prize tiers and distributed based on the number of winners for each tier. If there is no top prize winner, the top prize money is added to the second prize.

The overall odds of winning any prize is 1 in 8.77. Complete prize and odds information is available on the Lottery’s web site at nylottery.ny.gov.

Over the last three fiscal years, New York’s Take 5 game has generated more than $325 million in Lottery Aid to Education and produced more than eight million cash prize winners

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