How To Care For Your Ticket
- Store your ticket in a safe place until you are ready to redeem it.
- DO NOT expose your ticket to extreme sunlight or heat including from microwaves, irons, dryers or windowpanes.
- DO NOT laminate Lottery tickets.
- DO NOT expose your ticket to fatty substances such as oil, butter or milk.
- DO NOT submerge your ticket underwater. Water will affect a ticket if it is submerged for a prolonged period of time.
If your ticket is damaged, a Florida Lottery retailer or Florida Lottery office may be able to redeem your ticket if the barcode or ticket number is legible.
“Remember, players are responsible for the safekeeping of tickets.”
FLORIDA LOTTO, MEGA MILLIONS and POWERBALL jackpot prizes may be paid in 30 annual installments, and JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY jackpot prizes may be paid in 25 annual installments. CASH4LIFE Grand Prize and second prize may be paid for the natural life of the winner. Certain Scratch-Off games that offer an annual payment option may be paid in annual installments in accordance with the rule for that game.
FLORIDA LOTTO, MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY, CASH4LIFE and certain Scratch-Off games also offer a Cash Option method of payment – a one-time, lump-sum payment that jackpot winners may choose to receive instead of receiving their winnings in annual payments. Payment may be made by check or by ACH transfer to a bank or brokerage account in the winner’s name; however, the Lottery strongly recommends the ACH transfer method of payment. A winner electing the ACH transfer method of payment must provide the Lottery with a voided check or ACH transfer instructions to a financial institution. FLORIDA LOTTO, MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY and CASH4LIFE winners who wish to elect the Cash Option method of payment must claim their prizes and make their payment election within 60 days after the winning draw date. If the winner does not elect the Cash Option within 60 days after the winning draw date, the prize will be paid in annual payments.
Federal Withholding Taxes:
Winnings and any taxes withheld are reported in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and Code of Federal Regulations on all Florida Lottery winnings with a value of $600 or more. If a Florida Lottery prizewinner is a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the Florida Lottery to withhold 24 percent federal withholding tax from prizes greater than $5,000. For non-resident aliens, the Florida Lottery is required to withhold 30 percent federal withholding tax from all prize amounts. For information on Lottery prizes and your Federal tax obligations visit: www.irs.gov.
All Florida MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, CASH4LIFE, and Fast Play prizes must be claimed in Florida.
To claim a prize of $600 or more, the player must:
- Complete a Florida Lottery Winner Claim Form. You may download a Winner Claim Form in PDF format, also available in Spanish; however, you will need Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file. To obtain a Florida Lottery Winner Claim Form, visit any retailer, district office or write to: Florida Lottery Customer Service Division, 250 Marriott Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-9939.
- Present one form of identification that is current or was issued within the past five years and bears a serial number or other identifying number. Acceptable forms of identification include:
- An identification card or driver’s license issued by a public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses in Florida, a state other than Florida, a territory of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
- A passport issued by the U.S. Department of State.
- A passport issued by a foreign government for non-annual payment option prizes & prizes that do not require a notarized affidavit.
- A passport issued by a foreign government stamped by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for annual payment option prizes or for prizes that require a notarized affidavit.
- An identification card issued by any branch of the U.S. armed forces.
- An identification card issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
PLAYERS SHOULD PROVIDE ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO PAY A PRIZE AT THE TIME THE CLAIM IS FILED WITH THE LOTTERY.
Privacy Act Notice:
Under the Federal Privacy Act, disclosure of a person’s Social Security number is voluntary unless a Federal statute specifically requires such disclosure or allows states to collect the number. For claimants of Florida Lottery prizes valued at $600 or more, disclosure is required by 26 U.S.C. s. 3402 and 26 U.S.C. s. 6109 for tax withholding and reporting purposes. Social Security numbers will also be used to determine whether a claimant owes an outstanding debt to a state agency or child support collected through a court, pursuant to Section 24.115, Florida Statutes..