Scratch Offs FAQ
- Can I get cash instead when I win a FREE ticket on a scratch-off?
- How can I claim a prize?
- How long do you have to claim a prize?
- I purchased four tickets in a row where the odds were 1 in 4. I didn't win anything. Why is that?
- If I win, can I remain anonymous?
Can I get cash instead when I win a FREE ticket on a scratch-off?
No. Tickets winning a "FREE TICKET" may be redeemed only at a participating Lottery retail location and may be redeemed for a FREE instant ticket of equivalent sales price from any current active instant game, within the claim period for that game.
How can I claim a prize?
As of May 1, 2020, new prize payment options apply.For more information, visit the Claim a Prize page.
How long do you have to claim a prize?
Winning scratch-off tickets and Fast Play tickets can be claimed up to 90 days following the closure of the game. A list of closed games and end-of-redemption dates can be found on this website. Winning draw-style game tickets can be claimed up to 180 days following the drawing in which the prize was won.
I purchased four tickets in a row where the odds were 1 in 4. I didn't win anything. Why is that?
Published game odds apply to the entire game overall. They do not mean, in this case, that every fourth ticket is a winner. Lottery games are games of chance, so winning scratch-offs and Fast Play tickets are randomly distributed throughout the game. Just imagine what would happen to the integrity of Lottery games if it was known which tickets were winners prior to their sale.
If I win, can I remain anonymous?
If you win more than $600 and are therefore required to claim your prize at a Lottery office, you will be required to complete a claim form for tax purposes. Under the Lottery's statute, all prize payment records are open records, meaning that the public has a right to request the information. Depending upon the amount won and public or media interest in the win, winners may NOT be able to remain anonymous. The statute also allows the Lottery to use winners' names and city of residence for publicity purposes such as news releases. The Lottery's regular practice is not to use winner information in paid advertising or product promotion without the winner's willingness to participate.