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How To Claim Your Prize

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Now what?

After winning the lottery the first step is completing the back of your ticket, including your name, address, phone number and signature. Remember, each lottery ticket is a bearer document, meaning it is legally owned by whomever possesses it, at least until it is signed.

Lottery winners of jackpot prizes, annuity prizes and other prizes of $100,000 or more should check out the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Winners’ Handbook for helpful hints on what to do before and after claiming their prizes.

Where do I claim my prize?

Pennsylvania Lottery retailers can pay lottery prizes up to and including $2,500. If you’ve won more than $600 on a single ticket, you must fill out a standard claim form and send it to the PA Lottery headquarters. You can obtain a standard claim form at any licensed Lottery retailer or one of the Lottery’s seven area offices. Or, you may fill out the claim form on-line, print it out and take it with your winning ticket to your nearest area office.

If you’ve won more than $2,500, the PA Lottery will process your claim form and send you a Lottery prize check within four to six weeks.

Winners of Cash 5, PICK 5, Treasure Hunt and Match 6 jackpots or top prizes may file prize claims at Lottery headquarters in Middletown or any Lottery area office.

A Powerball® or Mega Millions® jackpot winner must file a claim form at Lottery headquarters in Middletown. MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Top Prize and Millionaires' Club prize winners must file a claim form at Lottery headquarters in Middletown.

If you’ve won an annuity top or second-level prize for Cash4Life™, you must claim your prize at Lottery headquarters.

How long will it take to receive my check?

Typically, it takes approximately four to six weeks to process your claim once it has been received at Lottery headquarters. However, if your prize claim is received in December, it will be processed at the beginning of the new year to ensure prize payments and tax forms are issued in the same calendar year.

How long do I have to collect a prize?

Winners have up to one year from the date of a drawing to claim a prize from one of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s terminal-based games: PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, Cash4Life, Cash 5, Match 6 Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB, Treasure Hunt, and Millionaire Raffle. Such claims can be made at any retailer location within 180 days of the drawing date. After 180 days, however, winners must file a claim form for terminal-based prizes that exceed $100. A winning instant ticket may be presented for prize payment up to one year after the game’s end-sale date. The Lottery maintains a list of instant games that have ended sales on its website to assist players.

How do I claim a prize if I live out of state?


multi-state games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB or Cash4Life, prizes must be claimed in the state where the winning ticket was sold. A jackpot winner or annuity top prize winner must file a claim form in person at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, but any other out-of-state winner can mail a claim to Lottery headquarters. Sign your ticket and make a copy of the ticket, front and back, for your records. Then send the original ticket to the following address:

Pennsylvania Lottery


1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1

Middletown, PA 17057

Can a group share a prize?

Individual checks for group prize claims will be issued only for prizes of $50,000 or more where individual shares of the prize are $2,501 or more.

To request individual checks for qualifying group prize claims, winners must indicate on claim forms that they want individual checks. Each member of the group must complete IRS form 5754 to accompany the claim form at the time of submission. Additionally, beneficiary forms will be provided to group members if individual shares are $500,000 or more.

Are Lottery prizes taxable?

PA Lottery prizes are not subject to state or local taxes for Pennsylvania residents.

Federal tax law requires the Lottery to withhold 25 percent in federal taxes from prizes over $5,000.

In addition, for all prizes of more than $600, you will receive a W-2G form from the Lottery to report your gambling winnings and submit with your tax return.

Total federal taxes on Lottery prizes depends on income, deductions, exemptions and other factors, and a tax attorney or accountant will be able to help you calculate the tax implications of your prize.

A brochure from the IRS about gambling winnings may be of assistance.

Can I remain anonymous although I’m a Lottery prize winner?

Certain winner information is public under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. Pennsylvania Lottery policy also permits the publishing of the following information on its website:

Name and/or partial name of the winner(s)

City and/or county of residence

Name of game won

Date of win

Prize amount

The Pennsylvania Lottery must be accountable to the taxpayers and residents who benefit from Lottery-funded programs, and transparency of operations is important to the Lottery’s integrity. Providing winners’ information is also of interest to players who want to see the winners of the games they play.

Players appearing in Winners’ Circle Stories have specifically granted the Lottery permission to share their photo, name and story.

The MONOPOLY name and logo, MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment. © 1935, 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.

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