As you know there are many ways to find out your if you were selected in H1B Visa Lottery , but one of the most recent way for OPT students in Cap Gap is to check the SEVP Portal.
Earlier this year SEVP introduced SEVP Portal for F1 students on Post Completion OPT and M1 students in Practical training to make sure they can update their address and employment information in the portal, without reaching out to DSO for everything. One of the key things with this portal is that the data from SEVIS replicated to SEVP portal allowing students to understand their Lottery situation. In the past a student would have to write or call DSO to know about their SEVIS status so that they know, if they were selected in H1B Lottery or not…but, now they can check themselves.
Basically as the data in SEVP Portal is from SEVIS system and USCIS updates SEVIS system after H1B petitions are processed by them like either filed, approved or pending, etc. Now, when USCIS updates the SEVIS system with H1B petition status updates, especially for F1 students in Cap Gap Situations, their OPT end date will be extended to September 30th, which indicates that either petition was approved or pending with USCIS, which means that you were selected in lottery.
So, if your OPT end date is before September 30th and you are in OPT Cap Gap situation, if you see your OPT end date change to September 30th ( 9/30), you can be sure that your H1B petition was picked in Lottery and either is pending or approved. If you see the OPT end date change to June 1st, then it means that your petition was just filed and is with USCIS and does not indicate that you were picked in lottery yet…
Overall, with the new SEVP Portal, you as a student in OPT cap gap situation can know the H1B Lottery result, without contacting the DSO. Just in case, you do not have the SEVP portal login, you can ask your DSO to re-send the registration email, you can sign-up using that invite. In general, you should have got an email from SEVP Portal system once your OPT is approved and you are in OPT time period. You can find out more details at SEVP Portal Help