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What actually happens when you win the lottery.

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Posted: June 25, 2014, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

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    Posted: June 25, 2014, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

    Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

    I have never won unfortunately but I have read you have to go meet the lottery commission at their main office to verify your ticket.  You might have to have your media circus conference unless you are lucky enough to claim anonymously, they issue you your huge publicity " check".  Decide how you want the money, annuity or lump sum, give them your account info then wait about two to three weeks for them to wire the funds to your account. I believe the wait is for all states to remit funds to lottery.   If I have this wrong, I stand corrected.

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      It depends on the state. Arizona, for example, says it will take up to 15 business days for you to receive your money. And they will not direct deposit. You must take a check.

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        Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

        Well, first of all, little rainbow colored "My little ponies" show up to escort you to lottery headquarters.

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          I don't care. Just let me win.Drum

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            It depends on the state. Arizona, for example, says it will take up to 15 business days for you to receive your money. And they will not direct deposit. You must take a check.

            That's right, "depends upon the state".  I just looked through the Texas Lottery website and didn't see anything about the time between claiming a JP and getting your money, just that it could take up to six weeks if claiming by mail for smaller prize amounts.  Anything over a million bucks has to be claimed at the Austin headquarters, a distance of nearly 500 miles for me. (I believe I'd fly so I could get back in time to "batten down the hatches" and put my plan into place.  I have a suspicion they wouldn't delay releasing my name to accommodate me, so I'd probably hire a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on my house and shoo away anyone who wants to "slip" on my sidewalk leading up to my front door before I got back...SO many things a person needs to do before claiming.)

            I suspect they - the state - would take their own sweet time in forking over the money; they'll be making interest up to the time the check is cashed and the funds taken out of their account.

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              Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

              Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

              Depends on the size of the winnings. It could be as eventful as visiting Waffle House at 3 AM, or as walking the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

              As others have said, procedures vary by states, and in most cases you just wait in line and they pay you on the spot after verifying your ticket. Larger winnings take anywhere from a few days to couple of weeks to process, especially if it is a national jackpot winning ticket.

              If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
              If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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                Posted: June 25, 2014, 10:24 pm - IP Logged

                Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

                Tickets worth over $25,000 are usually only validated at lottery headquarters, but in some states tickets of any value can be cashed at lottery headquarters. A MM or PB jackpot winner will probably get more fan fair, but they will take your picture holding a huge check and might put it on their website. In Ohio, it took about six weeks to get the check a few years ago, but it may be quicker now.

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                  Posted: June 26, 2014, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

                  Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

                  As the others have said, it depends on the state and amount won. Where I am, up to $1 million, you can have your funds deposited into your account the same day as long as you complete the paperwork before 4pm. otherwise it's deposited the next business day. Large jackpots I think they say takes 14 days, but that timeframe changes with when the claim is made. That is, the person who shows up to claim the day after the jackpot is won is probably going to wait longer for a deposit than the person who waits awhile to make the claim. Also, some states only need one form of a photo ID like your DL. Other states want a DL and SS card. The state you're in also determines if you have to do a press conference or not.

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                    Posted: June 26, 2014, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

                    Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

                    In California it can take up to 6 weeks.

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                      In California it can take up to 6 weeks.

                      That's insane!!! Do they have a reason why it takes so long?

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                        That's insane!!! Do they have a reason why it takes so long?

                        Perhaps because the State gets no tax revenue on MM/PB.

                        Just my guess..

                        * Just got off their site Teddi, it says 6-8 weeks to get this.." process a claim". 

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                          Perhaps because the State gets no tax revenue on MM/PB.

                          Just my guess..

                          * Just got off their site Teddi, it says 6-8 weeks to get this.." process a claim". 

                          Yup. Definitely insane. What could they possibly need to do that would take 2 months to process? Barring an act of God, I can think of no reason why a claim can't be processed within a 3 week timeframe. 4weeks at the absolute max. Anything more than that and the state should have to pay interest. I'm pretty sure they'd find a way to speed up the process if they had to do that.

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                            Posted: June 26, 2014, 11:07 pm - IP Logged

                            Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

                            They tell you "you know you didn't have to bring this ticket in you can get your $2 at any retailer".  Then as you are leaving, just before the door closes, you can hear them say "what an idiot".

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                              Posted: June 27, 2014, 7:04 am - IP Logged

                              Hello! I was just curious as to what actually happens when you take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. How long before they issue you your winnings? Thanks you.

                              I couldnt tell ya but like a kid on Christmas I can't wait to find out LOL