If you’re lucky enough to be the lucky winner of a Mega Millions prize, here’s a helpful guide to claiming your prize, with conditions that vary from state to state and depending on how much you’ve won. Money is won.
how to win
Here’s a quick guide: To win Mega Millions you need to buy a ticket that costs US$2 and to win the jackpot you need to match six numbers announced in the draw.
You can also win if you guess five more numbers from one number. Read more details here.
If you are a foreigner and do not live in the United States, you can play Mega Millions as long as you buy tickets at one of the physical points when visiting the country.
What happens if the winner does not claim the Mega Millions prize?
How to claim a Mega Millions prize
Now yes, details on how to claim the prize if you are a winner.
The main thing that you should know is that the prize to be claimed depends on the amount. That is, if you win a prize of between US$600 and US$999,999, you can claim it at any state lottery office or through a scheduled appointment. There is also the option of claiming them by mail, depending on the state you are in.
Prizes of $1 million or more are claimed at the Lottery District Office, which will forward the application to Lottery Headquarters for processing and payment, according to the Florida Lottery.
if you hit the jackpot
You have two ways to collect lottery jackpots.
The first is an annuity payment, which provides for payments divided into 30 installments, spread over 30 years. With this option you will get one initial payment and then 29 payments every year. For example, if the jackpot is US$100 million, you will receive an initial payment of US$1.5 million and each annual payment will increase by 5% over the previous payment, until you have completed payments in 30 annuities.
The second is the cash payment option, which will be a single payment of the total Mega Millions prize amount. But this fee varies from state to state, so you’ll need to contact your local lottery for detailed information.
If you purchase a winning ticket in one state and win a prize, you must redeem it only in the state where it was purchased.
Plus, if you bought a ticket with a group of friends or family, you can share it and decide how to split it up when you redeem it. To do this, you must check with the state lottery where you purchased the ticket.