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Cash in MegaMillions ticket in another state?

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Posted: February 2, 2010, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

Now that Indiana has MegaMillions, can I bring in a ticket ($2 winner) that was purchased in Illinois to an Indiana retailer to claim the two bucks?  Or do I have to take it back to the Land of Lincoln?  Thanks.

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    Posted: February 2, 2010, 9:36 pm - IP Logged

    Now that Indiana has MegaMillions, can I bring in a ticket ($2 winner) that was purchased in Illinois to an Indiana retailer to claim the two bucks?  Or do I have to take it back to the Land of Lincoln?  Thanks.

    You gotta claim your prize in the state in which the ticket was purchased. Question is, being that Indiana now has Mega Millions, why did you decide to purchase your ticket in Illinois?

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      Posted: February 2, 2010, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

      You gotta claim your prize in the state in which the ticket was purchased. Question is, being that Indiana now has Mega Millions, why did you decide to purchase your ticket in Illinois?

      Well, if they didn't have MM until 2 days ago, and seeing the last MM draw was Friday, then the ticket was from a draw prior to when they had it in their state. So, consequently they don't want to have to drive back to Illinois for $2, now that they have MM in their home state. Right? I get it, and unfortunately, yes, you have to claim it in the state purchased. Unhappy

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        Posted: February 2, 2010, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

        Well, if they didn't have MM until 2 days ago, and seeing the last MM draw was Friday, then the ticket was from a draw prior to when they had it in their state. So, consequently they don't want to have to drive back to Illinois for $2, now that they have MM in their home state. Right? I get it, and unfortunately, yes, you have to claim it in the state purchased. Unhappy

        LOL. I should've figured that. Unless he lives really close to the state border, the $2 might not even be worth the gas to get it, unless of course he's going back that anyway for something else.

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          Posted: February 2, 2010, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

          You gotta claim your prize in the state in which the ticket was purchased. Question is, being that Indiana now has Mega Millions, why did you decide to purchase your ticket in Illinois?

          Yeah, I bought it about 3 months ago and haven't been back since.  Not going to drive one hour just for two bucks.

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            Posted: February 3, 2010, 1:56 am - IP Logged

            LOL. I should've figured that. Unless he lives really close to the state border, the $2 might not even be worth the gas to get it, unless of course he's going back that anyway for something else.

            yea that sure wouldn't be worth the gas at all, LOL

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              Posted: February 3, 2010, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

              You can mail them in to claim.

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                Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:52 pm - IP Logged

                You can mail them in to claim.

                From what I've heard, mailing a lottery ticket across state lines is illegal.

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                  Posted: February 4, 2010, 12:10 am - IP Logged

                  Now that Indiana has MegaMillions, can I bring in a ticket ($2 winner) that was purchased in Illinois to an Indiana retailer to claim the two bucks?  Or do I have to take it back to the Land of Lincoln?  Thanks.

                  Actually both PowerBall and MegaMillions are local games except for the jackpots.  States contribute ~33% of local sales for the jackpot which all share and all other prizes are paid by the state that sold the ticket.

                  * you don't need more tickets * 
                  * just the right ticket * 
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                    Posted: February 4, 2010, 9:48 am - IP Logged

                    From what I've heard, mailing a lottery ticket across state lines is illegal.

                    It must be one of those conundrums of life: Lotteries do have Lottery Players submit Tickets via Mail for Claiming of Prizes and Submission to Second Chance Drawings.

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