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 Rhode Island 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 365 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

  • Prizes up to $599 should be claimed at any licensed Rhode Island Lottery retailer.
  • It is mandatory to sign the back of your ticket before redeeming.
  • You can also claim your lottery winnings by visiting the Rhode Island Lottery Headquarter.
  • You can also claim your lottery winnings by mailing the lottery.

Prizes $600 and Above

  • Prizes over $600 must be claimed in-person at the Rhode Island Lottery Headquarters, 1425 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920, by taking a prior appointment.
  • Your winning ticket must be signed by you and should be submitted with a complete claim form and valid identification.
  • You need to fill in the claim form, available at the official lottery website, and sign the back of your ticket before mailing the claim.

Rhode Island Lottery Mailing Address

Rhode Island Lottery
1425 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Can I Stay Anonymous After Winning The Lottery?

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The Rhode Island 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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