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So if I ever win a jackpot...

Topic closed. 22 replies. Last post 9 years ago by csfb.

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: October 26, 2007, 1:36 am - IP Logged

 Uh...I do have a green card.

 I am asking if winning a large amount of jackpot will allow me to get a citizenship on a faster lane.

Please don't misunderstand my post.  I didn't know it was a personal question.  There is a "green card lottery" however, so I just thought that might be what you heard regarding citizenship.  My comment wasn't meant to be judgmental.  I was thinking of this:

http://www.usagreencardlottery.org/diversityvisalottery_2009/

Regarding the bank, the Lottery never tells you where to deposit your money. However, I've been told they usually prefer a direct electronic deposit into a financial institution.  Keep in mind that it takes weeks to collect your money, so it's also easier on the winner because the funds are then available to you.  You don't have to be a U.S. Citizen to have a bank account here, but you probably already know that.  It's just my opinion, but after you find out you are a winner, it's probably best to make an appointment to speak to the bank's advisors to discuss your options before collecting the money.

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    Posted: October 26, 2007, 1:55 am - IP Logged

     Or any permanent resident wins a lottery...

      I heard about a story of a lottery winner who requested a citizenship right after his jackpot winning. And he got it right away. Will the US government give a citizenship to people with some extraordinary situations like that? Have you guys heard of such kind of stories?

    Not true.  Acquiring US citizenship is a long process.

    First, become a permanent resident alien (green card holder).

    If  you got your green card through marriage to a US citizen, you have to wait 3 years from the date of your green card before you can file your application for citizenship.

    If you got your green card through other ways, you wait 5 years from date of your green card.

    After the application is filed, wait for a response from immigration.

    There are special or extraordinary circumstances when one is exempt from certain requirements of citizenship without going through the usual process, but winning the lottery is not one of them.

    Applying for a green card is an entirely different ballgame.

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      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: October 26, 2007, 2:10 am - IP Logged

      I agree with csfb.   However, the best advice I can give you is to contact an attorney who specializes in immigration and naturalization law.  Just make sure he's really an attorney and not trying to rip you off because you won the lottery. 

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        Posted: October 26, 2007, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

        Not true.  Acquiring US citizenship is a long process.

        First, become a permanent resident alien (green card holder).

        If  you got your green card through marriage to a US citizen, you have to wait 3 years from the date of your green card before you can file your application for citizenship.

        If you got your green card through other ways, you wait 5 years from date of your green card.

        After the application is filed, wait for a response from immigration.

        There are special or extraordinary circumstances when one is exempt from certain requirements of citizenship without going through the usual process, but winning the lottery is not one of them.

        Applying for a green card is an entirely different ballgame.

         The problem is that California lottery doesn't do direct deposit. They usually give the check to the winner and escort them to a nearest bank.

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          Posted: October 27, 2007, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

           The problem is that California lottery doesn't do direct deposit. They usually give the check to the winner and escort them to a nearest bank.

          A clear and direct response to your  post can be found in the California lottery website.  I suggest you check it out.  It not only addresses your concerns but is replete with information that you'll find useful. 

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            Posted: October 28, 2007, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

            A clear and direct response to your  post can be found in the California lottery website.  I suggest you check it out.  It not only addresses your concerns but is replete with information that you'll find useful. 

            I checked it already and I did it again. California lottery does not do direct depost for its jackpot winners.

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              Posted: October 28, 2007, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

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                Posted: October 30, 2007, 6:51 am - IP Logged

                 Oh, one more question.

                 When a winner pick up the check, can he go to any bank of his choice (ones that he doesn't have an account with) and open a new account with his check?

                Yes.  Providing that bank of your choice is here in the USA.  Just bring a proper ID or two.

                If the bank of your choice is outside the USA, than you will need to comply with stringent government regulations.

                As you may know, Governments need to track large monies changing hands. 

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