• Sign your ticket even before you know that you’re a winner.
  • Jackpot winners are encouraged to contact the lottery headquarters for their jurisdiction. You can either take out the prize money as a lump sum or an annuity (for over 29 years).
  • A prize must be claimed between 180 days and one year from the date of the draw (varies by state). If a prize is not claimed, some unclaimed funds are returned to the lottery fund, while other funds are given back to the community.
  • If you buy your tickets from a licensed retailer, you can only claim your winnings from the same state you bought your entry in.
  • If you wish to mail your ticket to your state lottery office, you must send it out with a prize claim form and proof of identity – subject to the rules set by your state lottery.

Prizes Up To $599

  • All the authorized lottery retailers are entitled to redeem prizes up to $599
  • Before heading out to the retailer, you must check the store policy as some stores may limit their payouts to $100 or less depending on staff and store policies
  • You can claim your winnings through mail too. Simply mail the signed ticket alongside some ID and a winner claim form, which is available from your local lottery office
  • You have to mail it to the address provided by the state lottery office for your jurisdiction

For Prizes $600 And More

  • You can claim the prizes $600 and above from a local district office, claim center or lottery headquarters
  • You can claim your winnings through mail too. Simply mail the signed ticket alongside some ID and a winner claim form, which is available from your local lottery office

For Jackpot Winners

  • If you have won the jackpot prize you must contact your state/jurisdiction lottery headquarters to arrange to claim the prize in person
  • It is unlikely that you will be able to claim a jackpot by mail, as thorough validation checks will need to be completed before the prize money is paid out

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