How long does it take to receive PA Lottery winnings?
Prizes of up to $2,500 can be paid out on the spot by an authorized Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Larger prizes or multi-state game prizes such as Powerball or Mega Millions require a claims form and take longer to process. Prize checks will typically arrive in four to six weeks (or less) after the claim has been received and validated at lottery headquarters. Some claims submitted in December cannot be processed until January, which can delay the process.
How much will I pay in taxes if I win the PA lottery?
According to the PA Lottery, lottery prizes are taxable income under federal and state law. For prizes of $600 or more, winners must complete W-2G form from the lottery to report winnings and submit them to the IRS. For prizes over $5,000, the lottery will withhold the minimum amount of applicable taxes before sending winners their check. Total tax liability depends on income, deductions, exemptions, and other factors, so winners should consult with a qualified tax professional.
Can I remain anonymous if I win the lottery in Pennsylvania?
No, the names of winners and their prize amounts are considered a matter of public record in Pennsylvania and most states.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery
On August 26, 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery was created with the enactment of Act 91 of 1971.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is the only state lottery that designates all of its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Thanks to loyal PA Lottery players, the PA Lottery has been able to contribute more than $30 billion to programs that benefit and assist the elderly.
To learn more about the PA Lottery please visit the official website.
Information on responsible gaming and problem gaming is available here. Or call 1-800-522-4700.