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How to Claim Your Prize

If you've recently won a Michigan Lottery prize, congratulations!

We like to hear from winners and want to help you claim your prize.  The following page will hopefully answer any questions you have, but if not, please call Public Relations at (517) 373-1237, or e-mail us and we'll find you an answer as soon as we can.

Instructions for Different Prize Levels

Depending on which game you've played, there are different validation periods in which your prize can be claimed.  For Michigan Lottery on-line games (Mega Millions, Powerball, Classic Lotto 47, Fantasy 5, Lucky Lines, Keno, Daily 3, Daily 4, Raffles and Club Keno), your prize must be claimed within one year of the drawing date.  For Michigan Lottery instant games, your prize must be claimed by the expiration date for that particular game.  Because there are so many instant games introduced each year, make sure to check the back of your ticket for the specific expiration date.

Prizes Up to $600
Cash prizes worth up to $600 may be claimed at any Michigan Lottery retailer.  There are nearly 11,000 licensed Lottery retailers throughout the state, in every county.  If you're having difficulty locating a retailer near you, please call the Public Relations office at (517) 373-1237.

Please bear in mind that while most Lottery retailers will gladly redeem winning tickets for their customers, they are under no legal obligation to do so.  Some stores have strict policies regarding the amount of cash available to the employees, so there is a possibility a store may be unable to redeem your prize-winning ticket.  Most customers simply visit their favorite stores and redeem tickets there.

Prizes Up to $50,000
Cash prizes up to $50,000 may be claimed at any Lottery regional office.  There are offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing, Livonia and Sterling Heights.  All regional offices will accept claims between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Lottery has partnered with a number of banks in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula in order to serve players in that part of the state.  Chances are one is located near you, so please call the Public Relations office at (517) 373-1237 so we can put you in touch with the location nearest you.

Winners will be required to provide a valid picture identification, such as a driver's license, and Social Security card in order to claim their prize.

Prizes Over $50,000
Due to strict security and validation procedures, Michigan Lottery winners of prizes greater than $50,000 are required to claim their prize at Lottery headquarters at 101 E. Hillsdale in Lansing.  We are just one block north of I-496 in downtown Lansing.

Generally, it's best if winners call Public Relations at (517) 373-1237 so that we can pre-validate your ticket and schedule an appointment for you.  We do accept walk-in winners for high-tier prizes, but the unannounced visit may result in a lengthier processing time.

Winners will be required to provide a valid picture identification, such as a driver's license, and Social Security card in order to claim their prize.

Requesting Information Via Mail
In some cases, Michigan Lottery prizes can be claimed by mail.  To claim a prize by mail you will need to complete a Ticket Receipt Form for individual or entity winnings or a Substitute 5754 form for club winnings.  If you do not have access to a printer, you will need to send a written request for payment including your name and address.  For all claims please include the signed ticket along with a copy of your Social Security card and a valid picture identification, such as a driver's license or State of Michigan identification card to the following address:

Michigan Lottery
Fund Accounting
101 E. Hillsdale
P.O. Box 30023
Lansing, MI 48909

Tax Information on Michigan Lottery Prizes

Michigan Lottery prizes are subject to federal, state and local income taxes.  You may be required to make estimated tax payments by filing a form 1040ES with the Internal Revenue Service.  If you have questions regarding income tax, please contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040, the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4486, or your local taxing authority.

The Michigan Lottery provides winning Lottery clubs with a blank Substitute 5754 form.  Lottery clubs must submit a completed Substitute 5754 form at time of prize payment.

All winners claiming individual prizes of more than $600 will receive a W-2G form at time of prize payment for the purposes of completing their yearly tax return.

Following are some additional facts on Lottery withholding guidelines:

Prizes up to $600: The Lottery does not withhold any taxes.

Prizes from $601 to $5,000: The Lottery does not withhold any taxes but is required to report the lottery winnings to the IRS and Michigan Department of Treasury.  The winner will then be required to report the income in the tax year it is claimed.

Prizes over $5,000: For any Michigan Lottery prize over $5,000, the Lottery is generally required to withhold an estimated 25 percent in federal tax and 4.25 percent in state tax.  These withholdings do not necessarily satisfy a winner's tax liability; they are simply estimates.  We recommend that all winners contact the IRS, Michigan Department of Treasury and trusted tax professionals to determine whether additional tax payments will be required.

Non-Michigan U.S. residents: All prizes over $5,000 are subject to 25 percent federal tax and 4.25 percent state tax withholding regardless of the state of residence.  Questions regarding this state tax withholding should be directed to the Michigan Department of Treasury, taxpayer assistance division.

Non-U.S. residents: Players who win a Michigan Lottery prize greater than $600 and do not live in the United States are subject to a 30 percent federal tax withholding rate as well as the 4.25 percent state withholding rate.

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The information contained on these pages is intended for personal use only and may not be reproduced or distributed without the express written consent of the Michigan Lottery, 101 E. Hillsdale, Lansing, Michigan 48933.

Disclaimer:  The only basis for a valid Lottery claim is compliance with the Lottery Statute and the Lottery Rules.  No valid Lottery claim may be premised on human, electronic, or other error in the communication, display or transmission of data, however recorded, displayed, or transmitted.  No valid Lottery claim can be premised upon any intentional human, 
electronic, or other form of communication or transmission of data, which has not been authorized by the Lottery Commissioner.

Authority: Act 239, 1972, as amended.

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