How old do I have to be to play the New York lottery?

I want to play the New York lottery, especially the Lotto game. But how old do I have to be in order to play legally? I'm about to have my 18th birthday but my friend told me that I have to be 21 or older.



You must be at least 18 years of age to enter New York lotteries - this includes all draw games like Lotto, and scratchcards. But please note that you must be at least 21 years old to purchase Quick Draw tickets from retailers that sell alcohol.