Experiencing the thrill of having won the lottery! If you think you have matched the winning lottery numbers, here are the steps you should take to claim your prize.

Have I Won The Lottery?

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Before taking steps to claim your prize, double-check your numbers against the official drawing results with the ones drawn or visit our Lottery Results. This will help you confirm that you have correctly matched the winning numbers and know what prize amount will fill your pockets.

Who Can Claim Lottery Winnings?

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Once you confirm that you are a winner, Congratulations!! But remember, in Colorado winners must be 18 years or older.

Your next step is to sign the back of your ticket. Be aware that some U.S. state lotteries allow you to claim your lottery money as a trust so you can avoid revealing your identity. Check the anonymity policy of your state below to see what information they will make public. Also, some states permit lotteries to be claimed by groups, while others have special rules for lottery pools. If you are part of a lottery pool, the name that you sign to your winning ticket should take these rules into consideration.

How Long Do I Have To Claim My Prize?

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Lottery winners have 180 days from the date of drawing to claim their prize. If your lottery prize gives an option of claiming it as a lump sum or an annuity, winners have 60 days from the date they claim their prize to choose between payout options.

Where Should I Go To Claim My Lottery Prize?

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The answer to this question lies in, “how much have you won?”, or “what is the size of the prize?”. Prizes worth $599 or less can be claimed at lottery retailers. Prizes larger than this require that you stop by the regional offices of the state lottery or mail your claim following the instructions provided on the official site.

Prizes Up To $599

  • Winners of $599 or less can check with their local lottery retailers or visit and claim their winnings at any of the Lottery Claim centers
  • You can also mail your signed winning ticket and claim form to claim your winnings sitting at home. The claim forms are available on the official website, retailer and the office of the lottery
  • Claims via mail takes one to two weeks for processing the check.
  • Make sure you have proper identification proofs for verifying name, signature, age, and Social Security card

For Prizes $600 And Above

  • Winners of $600 or more should claim their winnings in-person at Colorado Lottery Claim center
  • Or the winners can also mail the winning ticket and prize claim form, available on the official website, at any lottery retailer and office of the lottery
  • Mailed claims takes one to two weeks for processing the claims and sending the checks
  • Incomplete mail forms may result in the delay of processing
  • The lottery authorities are not responsible for mail, tickets or claim forms that are late, damaged, misdirected, misaddressed, incomplete or illegible

Colorado Lottery Mailing Address

Colorado Lottery,
PO BOX 7, Pueblo,
CO 81002.

Can I Stay Anonymous After Winning The Lottery?

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The Colorado lottery commission website says that lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Winners must publicly disclose their first name and the first initial of their last name. The location where the winning ticket was purchased is made publicly available. Winners may also choose to have their pictures taken for publicity purposes.

All lottery winner information is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Therefore, while some information may not be automatically shared with the public, requests for information may be granted.

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