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How to Claim Your Prize

Congratulations! Start by signing the back of your ticket and clearly printing your name, address, and phone number. For a printable Winner's Brochure, please click here. To find out how to claim your prize during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here. When you play or buy online through PA Lottery, most prizes are automatically paid to your Lottery account and you can request a withdrawal using a variety of methods such as ACH.

Where do I claim my prize?

Prizes up to $2,500 may be claimed at a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Many prizes can be paid immediately if a retailer is able to pay by cash, check or money order. If they cannot, please try a different retailer or claim your prize by mail after reviewing the instructions below.

Winning a prize of more than $600 will require you to complete a Claim Form, which are available at Lottery retailers or a Lottery Area Office. Or, click here to open a Claim Form that you can complete and print out at home.

Prizes over $2,500 can only be paid by the Lottery. Mail a completed Claim Form along with the signed ticket to the address on the form.

Certain prizes must be claimed in person at Lottery headquarters in Middletown. These include a Powerball® or Mega Millions® jackpot or top prizes; an annuity top or second-level prize for Cash4Life®, or an annuity prize for a Scratch-Off game.

For questions about prize claims, please contact our Claims Department, toll-free, at 1-800-692-7481.

How long until my check arrives?

Most prize checks will arrive in four to six weeks after your claim has been received at Lottery headquarters and validated, but often less time. Some claims submitted in December cannot be processed until January so that prize payments and tax forms will be issued in the same calendar year.

How long do I have to collect a prize?

Remember to check tickets and claim prizes promptly! In general, prizes expire in one year from certain dates:
  • Scratch-Offs prizes expire one year from the game’s end-sale date, listed here.
  • Draw Game prizes expire one year from the drawing date.
  • Fast Play prizes expire one year from the ticket’s purchase date.

After 180 days, Fast Play and Draw Game tickets worth more than $100 cannot be claimed at a retailer. They must be submitted to the Lottery with a Claim Form in order to be redeemed.

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

It’s easy to claim a Pennsylvania Lottery prize by mail. Sign and fill out your winning ticket and make a copy of it, front and back, for your records. If the prize is over $600, fill out a Claim Form to submit with your ticket. Our mailing address is:
  • Pennsylvania Lottery
    1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1
    Middletown, PA  17057

You do not have to live in Pennsylvania to play a game or win a prize, but the Pennsylvania Lottery can only pay prizes on winning tickets that it has sold. This applies to multi-state games such as Powerball, Mega Millions or Cash4Life, because each state manages its own prize pool. A jackpot or annuity prize must be claimed in person at Lottery headquarters in Middletown.

Can a group claim and share a prize?

It’s fun to share! Individual prize checks can be issued, but only for prizes of $50,000 or more where individual shares of the prize are $2,501 or more. Winners must indicate on their Claim Forms that they want individual checks. Group claims will also require each group member to complete some additional paperwork.

Are Lottery prizes taxable?

Yes, Lottery prizes are taxable income under federal and state law. For prizes over $600, you will receive a W-2G form from the Lottery to report your winnings and submit with your tax returns.

On prizes over $5,000, the Lottery will withhold the minimum amount of applicable taxes before sending you your prize check. Your total tax liability depends on income, deductions, exemptions and other factors, so please consult with a qualified tax professional when filing your tax returns.

Can winners remain anonymous?

No. Pennsylvania Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Only certain claimant information can be released. This assures the public that Lottery winners are real people and that the Lottery operates with integrity and transparency.

Players who voluntarily share their winning story and become part of Lottery’s Winners’ Circle specifically give the Lottery permission to share their photo, name and story.

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