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Can a Non US Resident Claim the Jackpot

Topic closed. 5 replies. Last post 13 years ago by LottoBuddy.

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February 27, 2004
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Posted: March 2, 2004, 11:18 pm - IP Logged

I am a non US resident but I visit the US on business a few times a year. If I bought a winning ticket and won the Jackpot, how do I claim the prize?

Will the lottery authorities assist me in opening a bank account (despite non having a US address)


Will they wire the money to my bank in my country


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    October 4, 2003
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    Posted: March 2, 2004, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

    My theory is that you have to claim your prize in the state you purchased the ticket.  As for you setting up an account in the US, that is up to you.  You would recieve a check for your winnings and you can deposit it anywhere you choose.  You would still be taxed in the US for the winnings.  Your country may or may not  hold you taxable on that same money, depending on whether they have a threshold compensatory tax.  More than likely you would not be taxed by your home country on money won in the US.

    You can always call your lottery headquarters in the state you purchase your ticket and find out the right answer. 

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      Posted: March 3, 2004, 12:54 am - IP Logged

      I agree with Jorli D . Be careful in which state you buy lottery tickets. Besides paying U.S. federal, you may end up paying state income taxes on your winnings. The state of Pennsylvania does not tax lottery winners. Best to check with each states lottery web site.

      I can not speak on the rules of Mega Millions, but I do know, if you buy a Powerball ticket, you must redeem any prizes within the same state. Most people are under the impression that you can redeem tickets in any state playing Powerball, but it just is'nt so.

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        Posted: March 3, 2004, 12:57 am - IP Logged

        What occurs in Las Vegas casinos is, if you are a non-US resident and win more than $1,500, the issuing authority will withhold 30% to pay federal taxes due on the winning amount. I owuld assume that, since the issuing authority in this case woould be the state, they would withhold an additional amount to cover state taxes until you file an applicable state tax return. But, yes, you should be able to collect the remainder. 

        Blessed Saint Leibowitz, keep 'em dreamin' down there..... 

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          November 2, 2003
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          Posted: March 3, 2004, 2:45 pm - IP Logged


          I assume you are Canadian. I am in the same situation. I live in Windsor and buy lottery tickets in Detroit, MI when I get the chance. I have won over the $600 limit that retailers are allowed to pay. I went to the lottery office to claim the prize. Filled out the forms and received the money minus the tax.

          They told me they use the same process for the jackpot. The amount does not matter.

          Good luck,

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            February 15, 2004
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            Posted: March 9, 2004, 3:54 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by Jake649 on March 03, 2004

            received the money minus the tax.

            Jake, did you bother to try to get a refund of the US taxes you paid?  I heard of a companies advertising that give Canadians part of the US withholding taxes they paid on winnings.