Claiming your win is the most important step after winning the lottery.
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As per the rules by Illinois Lottery, your original winning ticket is the only valid receipt for prize claims.
Your lottery ticket is a bearer instrument, which means anyone who possesses the ticket is the winner.
It is mandatory to double-check your numbers and sign the back of your ticket for authentication.
You can claim your Illinois Lottery prizes before the deadline, i.e. 365 days from the date of the drawing, else your winnings will be fortified.
Prize claims for any amount can be mailed to the Illinois Lottery’s prize center.
If you are mailing your winning ticket, it is mandatory to complete the claim form and attach a copy of your signed government-issued ID card (including driver's license, U.S. passport, passport issued by a foreign government, social security number, etc.) and send it all.
Before mailing the winning ticket, ensure you possess a photocopy of all the documents, including claim form and the winning ticket for a valid proof.
The lottery authorities are not responsible for mail, tickets, or claim forms that are late, damaged, misdirected, misaddressed, incomplete, or illegible.
The Lottery is currently required to withhold federal taxes of 24 percent for U.S. citizens and resident aliens.
Non-resident aliens or persons not indicating their citizenship status are subject to withholding at 30 percent federal tax.
Prizes Up To $600
Prizes $600 or less can be claimed at any authorized Illinois Lottery Retailer.
Lottery winnings up to $600 can also be mailed by filling out the claim form available at the official site and send it to the Illinois Lottery Office mailing address.
Prizes $600 and Above
Prizes $600 and above should be claimed at any Illinois Lottery claim office.
Winnings can also be mailed to Illinois Lottery for claiming.
Print and fill out the claim form and winner questionnaire, available in the claim packet here.
Sign the back of your ticket, make a copy of both sides, and make a copy of your completed claim form and winner’s questionnaire.
You have to present two forms of identification as valid proof.
Fill the back of your winning ticket, complete the Winner Claim Form mail it to the below mentioned Illinois Lottery P.O. Box address along with your signed original winning ticket, and copies of your valid government-issued photo ID and social security card.
Illinois Lottery Mailing Address
Illinois Lottery Claims Department
P.O. Box 19080
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