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Lottery question

so for drawings like mega millions and powerball are you supposed to call someone or something if you get a winning ticket. i know that the jackpot keeps going up til someone wins and the new jackpot is always up within a half hour of the drawing so is that because the winner called and claimed? idk how it works if you actually get the winning numbers

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on Mar. 24, 2011 in Money & Work

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Answers (7)
  • The lottery computer knows if a winning ticket was sold or not.
    CraftingMama

    Answer by CraftingMama at 10:52 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • You have to call them. They will not call you; your information is not taken when tickets are sold, just your money.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:53 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • ohhhh. thank you
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:53 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • they know and you have to go to the state lottery building to collect or something goofy like that.
    zoejains_momma

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 10:53 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • A win under 600 can be paid out at ANY lottery retailer. Over that amount you gave to go to a lottery office to collect OR sign the ticket and mail it in to them to get a check mailed to you. Lots of states will take the tax OUT of your winnings.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 10:54 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • yeah i know that. that wasn't my question. my question was how they know so quickly that there was a winning ticket
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:54 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • If it's a small amount (under $600) you can go right to wherever you bought it (or anywhere that sells those tickets) and cash it in. No information is taken. If it's $600 or more you have to pay taxes on it and you'd have to go to a Lotto office to claim it and fill out a bunch of paperwork.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Mar. 24, 2011