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starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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Posted: July 10, 2006, 11:02 pm - IP Logged

ok i know there are people on the board from this area. i have not played powerball in washington DC for years now because of a little rule they have in place. if you live outside the washington dc local area (virginia and maryland) and you win a small prize. i mean the minimum prize of $3 i believe. the district of columbia collects taxes if you request your winnings by mail. i live in washington state and i am not flying back for a $3 prize.  DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS STILL THE CASE!!

Otherwise i am going to do like i always do and not purchase a ticket in washington DC and go to maryland or virginia and get a ticket for megamillion like i always do. i would so like to buy a ticket there but i am not sharing a $3 dollar ticket with taxes.

    starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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    Posted: July 11, 2006, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

    no one has experienced this but me? hmmmm.

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      Posted: July 11, 2006, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

      If you're willing to goes through the trouble of mailing in a claim form for $3, why would mind paying income taxes on it?  It should be refunded if you can show you lost more than you won when you file your state tax forms.  As far as I know all States with income taxes require lottery players to pay taxes on all their winnings regardless of the amount, it just that most players don't report them unless they know the state has proof that they won them.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: July 11, 2006, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

        lol That's why I don't sign the backs of my PB tickets unless I know it matched at least five numbers; that way if I win $100 or less the governments won't be able to trace it.

          starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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          Posted: July 11, 2006, 8:24 pm - IP Logged

          If you're willing to goes through the trouble of mailing in a claim form for $3, why would mind paying income taxes on it?  It should be refunded if you can show you lost more than you won when you file your state tax forms.  As far as I know all States with income taxes require lottery players to pay taxes on all their winnings regardless of the amount, it just that most players don't report them unless they know the state has proof that they won them.

          i don't have a state income tax. i play all across the country in my travels and DC is the only one that takes the taxes out of the money right away.

          plus

          1. you don't have to pay taxes on winnings under 600 in most states. so if you hit for 500 several times. no taxes if they are paying you out of the register.

          2 as a non resident i don't fall under their rules or most other states until i cross that 600 dollar barrier.

          3 it would have been easier to say you don't know.

          4 looks like i am not spendingt a penny in dc on powerball.

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            Posted: July 11, 2006, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

            Why don't you just wait to get back to DC in your travels and then just have the clerk cash you out?  He won't make you pay taxes.  You have at least six months to collect.  It doesn't seem healthy to get too worked up over 3 dollars.

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              Posted: July 11, 2006, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

              anyone have megamillions number from tonight...?

               

                starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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                Posted: July 11, 2006, 10:57 pm - IP Logged

                Why don't you just wait to get back to DC in your travels and then just have the clerk cash you out?  He won't make you pay taxes.  You have at least six months to collect.  It doesn't seem healthy to get too worked up over 3 dollars.

                not worked up but one must do things on the road to maintain one's sanity. currently i am waiting on checks from california and oregon.

                i think i will just email them directly and ask them the same question. no one seems to know here. thanks one and all for all the comments.

                  starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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                  Posted: July 11, 2006, 11:07 pm - IP Logged

                  an open question to the DC lottery officials: hello i have not played in DC for a long time. the last time i won a small prize on two different powerball tickets. when i submitted the tickets by mail from seattle. the checks were paid promptly BUT taxes were taken out of my little prizes. Is that practice still in effect? If so I won't be playing in DC and it hurts me not to play there. It is the only place I won't play and i want to play. still DC is the only state that takes out taxes on even the small prizes by mail. can someone please tell me and if things have changed. i will purchase the max drawings for powerball and hot lotto while there. i don't see this in any of your rules about taking out taxes. as you know it is not practical to fly back for a $3 winner on powerball.

                  they say an answer in 24 hours.

                    starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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                    Posted: July 21, 2006, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                    an open question to the DC lottery officials: hello i have not played in DC for a long time. the last time i won a small prize on two different powerball tickets. when i submitted the tickets by mail from seattle. the checks were paid promptly BUT taxes were taken out of my little prizes. Is that practice still in effect? If so I won't be playing in DC and it hurts me not to play there. It is the only place I won't play and i want to play. still DC is the only state that takes out taxes on even the small prizes by mail. can someone please tell me and if things have changed. i will purchase the max drawings for powerball and hot lotto while there. i don't see this in any of your rules about taking out taxes. as you know it is not practical to fly back for a $3 winner on powerball.

                    they say an answer in 24 hours.

                    for all of you who are dying to know. ok maybe negative 300 of you care. well for the 300 people who don't care. they took 11 days to get back to me. then i had to go through 3 people and the third person called me on the 12 day.

                    they did change their rules about 5 years ago. if you win up to 5000 dollars and have a social security card no taxes. if not SS card anything over 600 dollars they take out 28% tax. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSooooooooooooo my little wins won't be taxed to death.

                    i am now going to buy a powerball ticket here and a hot lotto ticket here. i like spending money in the nations capitol. Thank you all for listening to me rant.

                    i am just a powerball\megamillion\6 digit game player.

                    PEACE OUT YALL!!!!!

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                      Posted: July 22, 2006, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

                      Hi Starchild.

                      Good to hear you got all that worked out satisfactorily.

                      Hope you're enjoying your trip.

                      J

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                        starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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                        Posted: August 3, 2006, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

                        Hi Starchild.

                        Good to hear you got all that worked out satisfactorily.

                        Hope you're enjoying your trip.

                        J

                        thanks. i did get the two tickets and i am eagerly awaiting my millions on powerball and hot lotto.

                         

                        funny i had a subscription for this post trail and i didn't get a heads up about this last response.  oh well life goes on and then you have some grits.

                        oh yeah i am back home again.

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                          Posted: August 3, 2006, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

                          If the policies of DC bother you, take a daytrip to WV, PA, or DE while you are there to get Powerball tickets. None of those 3 states collect tax on winnings (or in the case of WV, tax on non-resident winnings). Be advised that you can only get Hot Lotto in WV, and also that DE does not publicize the winners information.

                            starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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                            Posted: August 3, 2006, 6:13 pm - IP Logged

                            If the policies of DC bother you, take a daytrip to WV, PA, or DE while you are there to get Powerball tickets. None of those 3 states collect tax on winnings (or in the case of WV, tax on non-resident winnings). Be advised that you can only get Hot Lotto in WV, and also that DE does not publicize the winners information.

                            been there done that knew all that already. i had 1 pa ticket this year already and the other two some years back. thank you for your kind response to the matter. i just wanted to know about the district of columbia because of their old rules. i must say they have changed the rules because of fussbuckets like myself. check out my blog and you will see what i am talking about.