Claiming your win is the most important step after winning the lottery.
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As per the rules by Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine 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.
Prizes more than $5,000 are subject to Federal and State taxes of 24% and 5% respectively withholding at the time of claiming.
Prizes Up To $600
Prizes $600 or less can be claimed at any authorized Maine State Lottery retail agent location.
You can also claim lottery winnings up to this amount by visiting the Maine Lottery Office.
Prizes $600 and Above
Prizes $600 and above should be claimed at any Maine Lottery office at Lottery office in Hallowell, Maine to claim the prize.
You can also claim the prize at the Lottery Retail Agent location. The agent will validate your ticket and the lottery system will indicate that you must file a claim at the “Lottery Headquarters”.
Winnings can also be mailed to Maine Lottery for claiming.
Claims through the mail should fill out a claim form supplied by any Maine office or available on the official website.
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 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.
Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations
8 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0008 Phone: (800) 452-8777
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