The idea of creating a lottery in Maine was proposed by Rep. Arthur Genest of Waterville. It was in 1973, that Genest sponsored the bill to establish a lottery in Maine. The bill was approved by the Senate, as well as by the public and the operations of the lottery began in 1974.

The first lottery numbers of the government-run Maine Lottery were drawn by Governor Kenneth M. Curtis. The proceeds by the Maine Lottery are transferred to the State’s General Fund which supports programs and services for the citizens of the State of Maine.
Gimme 5 was launched on May 12, 2013, and since then the game is fulfilling the dreams of millions. Maine Lottery encapsulates other really exciting lottery games like Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 3, Pick 4, Tri-State Megabucks, Lotto America, and many more, so you always have a chance to win something big!

What happens when you win?

To affirm your win, dive in The Lottery Lab and confirm your Maine Lottery numbers with us. Lottery prizes up to $600 or less, should be claimed at any authorized Maine Lottery retailer. You can also visit the Maine Lottery Office to claim winnings up to this amount. Lottery prizes above $600 should be claimed at any Maine Lottery office at Lottery office in Hallowell, Maine. You can also visit any licensed Maine Lottery retailer and get your ticket validated. This validation will indicate the lottery system that you must file a claim at the lottery headquarters. Lottery prizes can also be mailed to the official address of the Maine Lottery to claim the winnings. All the claims sent through the mail should fill out a claim form available on the official website. You need to fill in the back of your winning ticket, complete the Winner Claim Form and mail it to the Maine P.O. Box address along with your signed original winning ticket, and copies of your valid government-issued photo ID and social security card. You can claim your lottery prizes within 365 days from the date of the drawing. It is advised that you take your time, assemble a professional team of tax attorneys, finance managers, accountants, etc before claiming your winnings. Confirm if your state allows you to claim you winnings anonymously.
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