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Feenix's avatar - wallace
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Posted: January 8, 2014, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

 Hi all...... I've just joined up here and I'm from England.

Now, I've been looking at the various U.S. lotteries and at the bottom of one such page,it said something along the lines of ''All winning tickets must be claimed in the state or jurisdiction where played''..... Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them,so my question is: If I played say the powerball lottery and was lucky enough to win (yeah,I know !),would I actually be eligible to claim the winnings ?? How could this be done 'at a distance',given that I'm from England ??

 Don't want to be playing if I can't claim any possible winnings....... Anyone like to explain this situation for me,please ??

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    Posted: January 8, 2014, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

     Hi all...... I've just joined up here and I'm from England.

    Now, I've been looking at the various U.S. lotteries and at the bottom of one such page,it said something along the lines of ''All winning tickets must be claimed in the state or jurisdiction where played''..... Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them,so my question is: If I played say the powerball lottery and was lucky enough to win (yeah,I know !),would I actually be eligible to claim the winnings ?? How could this be done 'at a distance',given that I'm from England ??

     Don't want to be playing if I can't claim any possible winnings....... Anyone like to explain this situation for me,please ??

    "Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them"

    Buy one ticket and see which state lottery sold it. If it wasn't sold by a state lottery, you were scammed because there is no place to collect any winnings.

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      Posted: January 8, 2014, 11:08 pm - IP Logged

      My understanding of that is because games like mega million and powerball are multi state games, to ensure each state gets its fair share you can only redeem your ticket in the state you bought it from so even though you are from England if you buy a ticket in the US you simply go back to that state to claim your winnings.

      I live in Canada and its the same thing for our national games (lotto 649 and lotto max) if you buy it in one province you can only redeem it in that province. A lot of Canadians that live near border states sometimes cross over to the Us for tickets when the jackpots get really large and is all over the news

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        Posted: January 9, 2014, 12:32 am - IP Logged

         Hi all...... I've just joined up here and I'm from England.

        Now, I've been looking at the various U.S. lotteries and at the bottom of one such page,it said something along the lines of ''All winning tickets must be claimed in the state or jurisdiction where played''..... Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them,so my question is: If I played say the powerball lottery and was lucky enough to win (yeah,I know !),would I actually be eligible to claim the winnings ?? How could this be done 'at a distance',given that I'm from England ??

         Don't want to be playing if I can't claim any possible winnings....... Anyone like to explain this situation for me,please ??

        Welcome to Lottery Post, Feenix!

        We're under a brutal, repressive regime right now in this country and everything we do or say or write is recorded so we really can't say too much about anything if you know what I mean (wink wink, nudge nudge) (say no more! say no more!).

        Good Luck!

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          Posted: January 9, 2014, 1:07 am - IP Logged

          If you need help i'm willing to bargain. Just send me some quid for tickets and a few cans of spotted dick pudding by royal mail and i promise to send you any winnings you earn.

            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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            Posted: January 9, 2014, 1:23 am - IP Logged

             Hi all...... I've just joined up here and I'm from England.

            Now, I've been looking at the various U.S. lotteries and at the bottom of one such page,it said something along the lines of ''All winning tickets must be claimed in the state or jurisdiction where played''..... Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them,so my question is: If I played say the powerball lottery and was lucky enough to win (yeah,I know !),would I actually be eligible to claim the winnings ?? How could this be done 'at a distance',given that I'm from England ??

             Don't want to be playing if I can't claim any possible winnings....... Anyone like to explain this situation for me,please ??

            The service or company that buys your ticket for you should explain how you can collect your winnings if you win. 

            Some say at their websites that they will hold your ticket and you will have to travel to the state where they bought it and pay them an additional fee for their help in collecting your winnings.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: January 9, 2014, 7:26 am - IP Logged

               Hi all...... I've just joined up here and I'm from England.

              Now, I've been looking at the various U.S. lotteries and at the bottom of one such page,it said something along the lines of ''All winning tickets must be claimed in the state or jurisdiction where played''..... Obviously,I can see these different lotteries and am able to play them,so my question is: If I played say the powerball lottery and was lucky enough to win (yeah,I know !),would I actually be eligible to claim the winnings ?? How could this be done 'at a distance',given that I'm from England ??

               Don't want to be playing if I can't claim any possible winnings....... Anyone like to explain this situation for me,please ??

              Hmmm I am assuming your buying tickets online then, well if you go to the state lottery page for say here in NC you can buy a subscription meaning you buy tickets for 1 draw or I think it's a month at a time not sure, you would have to come here and claim it here in NC. Im just  guessing that the other states that have subscription are operating in the same way. Now if you are actually visiting us here what ever state you are in and buy a ticket that is a winner you claim it in the state you bought it

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                Posted: January 9, 2014, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

                Hmmm I am assuming your buying tickets online then, well if you go to the state lottery page for say here in NC you can buy a subscription meaning you buy tickets for 1 draw or I think it's a month at a time not sure, you would have to come here and claim it here in NC. Im just  guessing that the other states that have subscription are operating in the same way. Now if you are actually visiting us here what ever state you are in and buy a ticket that is a winner you claim it in the state you bought it

                Most of the states that offer online subscriptions require player to have a residential address in that state and also be physically present inside that state at time of online purchase (the IP address can distinguish the actual state you are in at the time). So a NC resident could not play Illinois lottery online, and I as an Illinois resident cannot buy tickets online whenever I am outside the state of Illinois.

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                The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                  Posted: January 10, 2014, 12:36 am - IP Logged

                  You should be able to claim the winnings. Being a citizen of the US isn't required for any state or MUSL game that I know of. In your case, you would either fly to the state the lottery game was won in and claim or you would create a trust and hire a US based attorney to collect the winnings on the trusts' behalf.

                  I would email the state lotteries you play and ask them about claiming and also mention how you buy your tickets (to make sure it's an accepted method of playing/buying). Iowa was ready to pay to a trust based out of Belize, until the person(s) in the trust declined to identify themselves. If they would pay out to a major tax haven country, you shouldn't have any issue claiming from England as long as your methods of aquiring the ticket was legal.

                  Same suggestion with whatever method you use to buy your tickets. I would email the site and as for clarification on how you would go about claiming a major prize.

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                    Posted: January 10, 2014, 8:34 am - IP Logged

                    You should be able to claim the winnings. Being a citizen of the US isn't required for any state or MUSL game that I know of. In your case, you would either fly to the state the lottery game was won in and claim or you would create a trust and hire a US based attorney to collect the winnings on the trusts' behalf.

                    I would email the state lotteries you play and ask them about claiming and also mention how you buy your tickets (to make sure it's an accepted method of playing/buying). Iowa was ready to pay to a trust based out of Belize, until the person(s) in the trust declined to identify themselves. If they would pay out to a major tax haven country, you shouldn't have any issue claiming from England as long as your methods of aquiring the ticket was legal.

                    Same suggestion with whatever method you use to buy your tickets. I would email the site and as for clarification on how you would go about claiming a major prize.


                    I would not recommend emailing a state lottery and telling them how you plan to obtain tickets in their game unless you do it from a throwaway account like gmail or hotmail and never use your real name.  Also expect them to tell you the use of such methods to obtain tickets may not be legal or a legal source, they are not validators of lottery services.  For example, Texas is famous for denying a jackpot purchased through a service, everywhere is not the same.  You should always check the rules of the game you play as they can change, such as not allowing printer marked play slips.  Be a shame to win and lose the prize due to not following the rules.

                    Lottery Prize Taxes in the U.S. are generally paid everywhere that collects them, In New York you may pay both the (city?) state and federal income tax, mostly removed before what's left is sent to your bank account where you reside, taxes there are also your concern. (not to be taken as tax advice)

                    You would need to visit the state, purchase the ticket(s) and return to claim them, unless using a legitimate butler service like U.S.A. MEGA on the left column who will assist you in collecting your wins. 

                    BobP