HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE

Please read the Lottery Ticket Security Tips for information on how to protect your winnings.

Frequently asked questions about claiming a prize of $600 or more.

POWERBALL JACKPOT PRIZES:

Players have 60 days from the date a winning ticket is validated and claimed to choose the cash or annuity option. Federal (25 percent) and state (5 percent) taxes are mandatorily withheld before the prize is paid. Players' ultimate tax liability may be more or less than the amounts withheld.

Annuity Option: Players will receive prizes in graduated payments over the next 29 years (30 payments), less taxes. The jackpot amount advertised by the Lottery is the annuitized amount.

Cash Option: Players will collect prizes in one payment, less taxes. The lump sum cash payment is the amount available to the Lottery for the jackpot prize pool. It is approximately half the estimated annuity option jackpot, depending on current interest rates. This dollar amount represents the same amount of money the Lottery would have invested in an annuity.

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT PRIZES:

Players have 60 days from the date the winning ticket is validated and claimed to choose the cash or annuity option. Federal (25 percent) and state (5 percent) taxes are mandatorily withheld before the prize is paid. Players' ultimate tax liability may be more or less than the amounts withheld.

Annuity Option: Players will receive prizes in payments over the next 29 years (30 payments), less taxes. The jackpot amount advertised by the Lottery is the annuitized amount.

Cash Option: Players will collect prizes in one payment, less taxes. The lump sum cash payment is the amount available to the Lottery for the jackpot prize pool. It is approximately half the estimated annuity option jackpot, depending on current interest rates. This dollar amount represents the same amount of money the Lottery would have invested in an annuity.

HOT LOTTO JACKPOT PRIZES:

Hot Lotto jackpots are paid in a cash lump sum.  The Lottery will pay Federal taxes (25 percent) and state taxes (5 percent) will be paid on the jackpot on behalf of the winner at the time of the claim. The winner's ultimate tax liability may be more or less than the amounts withheld, depending on other factors.

PRIZES up to $599:

All prizes up to $599 may be claimed at most Kansas Lottery retail locations, regardless of where the ticket was sold. Some stores have certain times when they can cash larger prizes or have limited cash on hand, so be sure to tell the clerk the amount of the prize before the ticket is validated. Prizes may also be claimed at Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka. A claim form is required for prizes of $50 or more claimed at a Lottery office, whether in person or by mail. 

PRIZES $600 to $5,000:

Prizes over $599 must be, and all lesser prizes may be claimed, at Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka. Players must complete a claim form for prizes of $600 or more. Bring or mail the signed ticket and completed claim form to the Kansas Lottery office. Prizes of up to $5,000 can be claimed and a check received the same day.

PRIZES $5,001 and OVER:

Bring or mail the ticket and a completed claim form to the Kansas Lottery office. The Lottery is unable to issue you payment the same day you submit your claim on claims above $5,000. A check will be mailed to you, you may pick up the check later, or you may request an electronic deposit into your bank account. Please allow 7-10 days for mailed payments or electronic deposits. The payment will be for the prize amount, less mandatory withholdings of 25% federal tax and 5% state tax. Players' ultimate tax liability may be greater or lesser than the amounts withheld. Winners will receive a W2-G the next year to file with their taxes.

For electronic deposit please contact the Finance Department at 785-296-5734 to obtain a direct deposit form.  A voided check is also required for electronic deposit.

DOES THE LOTTERY SPLIT THE PRIZE MONEY AMONG MEMBERS OF A GROUP?

No, only one individual can claim a lottery ticket. Therefore, a group will have to designate one person to claim the prize. The remaining group members will need to complete and sign the Multi-Winner form, enabling the Lottery to properly report winnings to the appropriate taxing authorities.  The Lottery must receive the Multi-Winner form by December 31 of the year the prize is claimed. 

PRIZE EXPIRATION:

Online tickets - Players have 365 days from the drawing date on the ticket to claim a prize.

Instant tickets - see the list of expired instant games to find the expiration date for that game.

WHERE CAN I GET A CLAIM FORM?

These forms are available at Kansas Lottery retailers or at the Lottery office. Be sure to make a copy for personal records. You can also download a claim form in a pdf format.

For the address of the Kansas Lottery office, visit contact us.

All prizes of $50 or more claimed at a Kansas Lottery office are subject to the Kansas setoff program. If you owe back taxes, child support or certain other debts, that money will be withheld from the prize amount.




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