How to Claim a Prize
When you win a Lottery prize, we make it easy for you to claim your winnings. The options depend upon the amount and type of prize won:
$600 or Less
Any Lottery Office
More Than $600
Any Lottery Office
When claiming your winning ticket, you must provide current photo identification and provide your Social Security Number for tax purposes.
Lotto Jackpots & Powerball / Mega Millions Prizes over $510,000
Louisiana Lottery Corporate Headquarters ONLY (Baton Rouge)
Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto jackpot winners should call the Louisiana Lottery at 1-800-735-5825 for specific information on claiming jackpot prizes.
Prize Claim Deadlines
Winning draw-style game prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize was won.
Winning scratch-off prizes must be claimed witin 90 days of the announced game closure.
Where to Claim a Prize
Lottery retailers are required to pay prizes of $50 or less and are strongly encouraged to pay prizes of up to $600.
Lottery Headquarters & Regional Offices
The Lottery has five regional offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport. Prizes of more than $600 may be claimed at any office; however Lotto Jackpots and Powerball & Mega Millions prizes of more than $510,000 must be claimed at the Lottery's headquarters in Baton Rouge. Click for a list of locations.
Since original tickets are required for payment, we encourage you to redeem your tickets in person as outlined above. However, prizes other than Lotto jackpots and Powerball & Mega Millions prizes of greater than $510,000 can be claimed by mail if that isn't practical.You may want to ask your postmaster how to minimize your risk when mailing your original winning ticket to our headquarters location.
To claim your prize by mail do the following:
Print and complete theWinner Claim Form. You may send one completedform when redeeming more than one winning ticket.
Include all original winning tickets only. For draw-style games, please wait until all draws are complete on your multidraw game ticket(s) before mailing your winning ticket(s) to our attention.
Print your name on the back of each of your winning tickets.
Print and complete the Substitute IRS Form W-9 when claiming a winning ticket with a prize of $600 or more.
Mail the Winner Claim Form, original winning tickets and (if claiming $600 or more) the Substitute IRS Form W-9 to:
Louisiana Lottery CorporationAttn: Prize Validations
P.O. Box 90010
Baton Rouge, LA 70879-0010
Claims are processed in the order they are received as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience with us during periods of increased claim volume.
To obtain a claim form by mail or to speak with a Prize Payment representative, call 1-800-735-LUCK (5825) or (225) 297-2350.
Tax Facts About Lottery Prizes
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation must report winnings from each single ticket with a prize value over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service and the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation. Income tax regulations require the Louisiana Lottery to withhold federal taxes from each prize over $5,000 and state taxes from prizes of $5,000 or more.
A gambling income statement, a W-2G, is printed for each ticket greater than $600 and given to the claimant when they receive their prize check. Winners should keep the W-2G secure until they are ready to file their federal and state income taxes.
Yes! The multidraw features on the Lottery's draw-style games allows players to purchase plays for multiple drawings, up to 14 for Pick 3 and Pick 4 and up to 20 for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Easy 5. If you win a prize during one of the drawings, you do not have to wait until the last drawing has occurred before collecting those winnings. When you cash a winning multidraw ticket with drawings still remaining, the Lottery's terminal system will print out an exchange ticket good for the balance of the remaining drawings and with the same numbers as on your original ticket. The retailer will retain the original ticket as it is no longer valid and give your exchange ticket with your winnings.
No. Tickets winning a "FREE TICKET" may be redeemed only at a participating Lottery retail location and may be redeemed for a FREE instant ticket of equivalent sales price from any current active instant game, within the claim period for that game.
Both the federal and state government consider winnings from all forms of gaming to be income for tax purposes. By law, the Louisiana Lottery must report winnings from each single ticket with a prize value over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service and the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation. Income tax regulations require the Louisiana Lottery to withhold 25 percent federal taxes from each prize over $5,000 and 5 percent state taxes from prizes of $5,000 or more. A gambling income statement, W-2G, is printed for each ticket greater than $600 and given to the claimant when they receive their prize check. Winners should keep the W-2G secure until they are ready to file federal and state income taxes.
Winning tickets of more than $600 must be claimed at a Lottery office. Lotto jackpots and Powerball prizes of at least $510,000 must be claimed at Lottery headquarters. Draw-style game winners have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize and scratch-off winners have 90 days from the date of the announced game closure. By law, the Louisiana Lottery must report winnings from each single ticket with a prize value over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service and the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation. Income tax regulations require the Lottery to withhold 25 percent federal taxes from each prize over $5,000 and 5 percent state taxes from prizes of $5,000 or more. There are several different ways to determine a ticket's winning value. Winning combinations of all Lottery games can be found on this website. Retailers can also scan players' tickets to determine any winnings and provide a receipt to players as to the ticket's value. Players are advised to sign the back of their tickets as a security measure. Records of winnings including winners' names and city of residence are considered public information. All winnings become a part of the estate of the deceased in the event of death.
Once you know what winning numbers were drawn or have finished scratching your scratch-off, there are several different ways to find out whether your ticket is a winner and if so, how much you have won. The Lottery recommends that players familiarize themselves with all of the winning combinations of the particular game that they are playing. These can be found on all the game pages of this website. Also, "How to Play" brochures located in the Lottery's play centers at Lottery retailers describe how each draw-style game is won.
Finally, retailers can scan your ticket to determine whether it is a winner. Watch the Customer Display Unit when having your ticket checked. It will tell you whether or not your ticket is a winner and if so, the winning amount. For tickets that win more than $600 (the maximum amount a retailer can cash), the display will direct you to a Lottery office to claim your prize. You can also ask the retailer to provide you with a Validation Receipt confirming the value of your ticket. Even if you are unsure if your ticket is a winner, it is a good idea to sign it.
Winning scratch-off tickets can be claimed up to 90 days following the closure of the game. A list of closed games and end-of-redemption dates can be found on this website. Winning draw-style game tickets can be claimed up to 180 days following the drawing in which the prize was won.
Winning tickets of $600 or less may be claimed as soon as the drawing has taken place and winning numbers and prize data from that drawing have been verified and loaded onto the retailer terminal system. For games with drawings that take place in Louisiana (Lotto, Easy 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4), this usually occurs between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. For Powerball and Mega Millions, the Lottery must have clearance from the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which oversees the games, before enabling prize payment. This typically occurs between midnight and 1 a.m. Remember, only winning tickets worth up to $600 can be paid at retailer locations.
The prize on a winning lottery ticket may be split among a group of ticket owners; however only one prize check is issued. The prize check is issued to either one person or legal entity (partnership, trust, etc.). Each member of the group provides a completed IRS Form W-9 for tax reporting purposes at the time of the claim. The person receiving the check for the group also provides picture identification and is responsible for distributing the winnings to the group members.
For a prize paid in a single payment, the check recipient may choose to complete a Federal Form 5754 that ensures the tax obligation of the prize is distributed among the group members according to the gross prize amount of each person’s share. The Federal Form 5754 allows the Lottery to send a separate W-2G tax form to each individual winner noting the amount won and withheld on their behalf.
The Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot prize may be paid in the annuity payment format or the single payment cash option. The group members must decide on one payment option; it is not possible for some group members to take the cash option and others to choose the annuity.
While it is not necessary for a group of people to form a legal entity to claim the cash option, the Lottery asks a group of winners to form a legal entity with an assigned tax identification number for a jackpot prize paid in annual installments. This simplifies the tax reporting and prize distribution for a group of people receiving payments over an extended time.
When claiming a prize as a legal entity, the legal document organizing the entity must list the name of each member of the group, their city of residence, and the portion of the prize each person will receive.
The Lottery encourages all players to seek financial advice before claiming a large jackpot prize.
As with all claims, the names of those receiving prize funds and their city of residence is public record.
Players should sign the back of their ticket for security purposes, secure their ticket and treat it as cash. We also recommend that players who believe they hold a Powerball, Mega Millions or Lotto jackpot-winning ticket contact the Lottery's headquarters immediately at 800-735-5825 to schedule a time to claim their prize and have their questions answered. This will facilitate a smooth prize payment process. Players who believe they hold a jackpot-winning ticket must bring the original ticket to the Lottery's corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize was won for verification and any prize payment. The Lottery recommends that before coming to claim a jackpot prize, winners get financial advice so they fully understand the tax or other legal implications involved.