How to Claim a Mega Millions Prize

Claiming a Mega Millions prize depends on two things- where you bought your ticket and how much you have won. Different states and jurisdictions have their own set of rules for where you can request your prize depending on the amount and how long you have to claim your payout. We have listed the different steps for you below in a guide to help make collecting your Mega Millions prize as easy as possible.

The main point you need to remember is that you must claim your prize from the same state/jurisdiction that you bought your ticket in. So you can’t buy your ticket in New York and then try to claim the prize in New Jersey, as it will be denied when you try to claim it, even though it’s a winning ticket. Take it back to the state you bought it in, although not necessarily the same retailer, and you will be able to declare you have won a payout.

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Prizes Under $600

Prizes up to $600 can usually be claimed from any ticket retailer, so your first point of call would be to try your local retailer or the same shop you bought the ticket from. This won't always be the case as some shops will limit the cash available to staff - or that can be allocated to lottery winners - so do not panic if they deline to payout your ticket. Just make sure you are given the same ticket back and that it has not been marked as paid out. If it has been marked as paid out, then they must give you your money.

Winnings can also be claimed by mail. To do this you will need to download or collect a lottery claim form from your state lottery and follow the steps on that form. It's advised to use postage that has tracking so that you know what's going on with your ticket and can tell where it is.

Over $600

Prizes over $600 must be requested from a local district office, claim center or headquarters of the state lottery you have played in. Many of these centers allow walk-ins, but it's best to check ahead of time as many will require you to make an appointment.

Many states also allow these prizes to be collected by mail, however this varies from state to state so it's best to check the limits on mail-in claims before doing so.

Jackpot Winners

You must contact the lottery headquarters for your state if you are a jackpot winner. You will then be invited to make an appointment at the headquarters to settle the claim and go through the steps necessary to collect your winnings.

It's not uncommon for members of the press to gather at lottery headquarters after a large jackpot is won, hoping to get a glimpse of the jackpot winner. It's worth bearing this in mind if you are making a jackpot claim and wish to stay anonymous.

Claim Periods

Each state has its own period for when players can claim their prizes, and these apply to all levels of prizes whether it's $2 or the jackpot. You can find all the states and jurisdictions in the table below, along with the claim period for tickets and the limits on what prizes can be claimed by mail:

Select a state to filter the tables below:

State by State Lottery Claim Periods
State/Jurisdiction Claim Period Mail-in Claims
Arizona 180 days Any prize
Arkansas 180 days Any prize
California 1 year for the jackpot prize, 180 days for all other prizes Any prize
Colorado 180 days Any prize
Connecticut 180 days Less than $50,000
Delaware 1 year Up to $599
Florida 180 days Up to $250,000
Georgia 180 days Any prize
Idaho 180 days Any prize
Illinois 1 year Less than $1 million
Indiana 180 days Any prize
Iowa 180 days Up to $250,000
Kansas 1 year Any prize
Kentucky 180 days Under $50,000
Louisiana 180 days Up to $510,000
Maine 1 year Any prize
Maryland 182 days Any prize
Massachusetts 1 year Undisclosed
Michigan 1 year Any prize
Minnesota 1 year Up to $50,000
Mississippi 180 days Any prize
Missouri 180 days Any prize
Montana 180 days Any prize
Nebraska 180 days Any prize
New Hampshire 1 year Any prize
New Jersey 1 year Any prize
New Mexico 90 days Less than $100,000
New York 1 year Any prize
North Carolina 180 days Less than $100,000
North Dakota 180 days Any prize
Ohio 180 days Undisclosed
Oklahoma 180 days Any prize
Oregon 1 year Any prize
Pennsylvania 1 year Any prize
Puerto Rico 180 days Undisclosed
Rhode Island 1 year Undisclosed
South Carolina 180 days Over $500
South Dakota 180 days Any prize
Tennessee 180 days Less than $200,000
Texas 180 days Up to $2.5 million
U.S. Virgin Islands 6 months Any prize
Vermont 1 year Any prize
Virginia 180 days Any prize
Washington State 180 days Any prize
Washington D.C. 180 days Any prize
West Virginia 180 days Any prize
Wisconsin 180 days Up to $500,999
Wyoming 180 days Any prize

Where to claim your Prize

Find your state or jurisdiction in the table below to find out where you can claim a prize depending on the value of the payout.

State by State Claim Offices
State/Jurisdiction Up to $600 Over $600 Jackpot Winners
Arizona Lottery Retailer Phoenix office, 4740 E. University Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Tucson office, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste 190, Tucson, AZ 85716
Phoenix or Tuscon office
Arkansas Lottery Retailer ($500 or less) Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Claim Center, 1st Floor, Union Plaza Building, 124 West Capitol Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Scholarship Claim Center
California Lottery Retailer Lottery District Office (nine locations - San Francisco, Sacramento, East Bay, Central Valley, Van Nuys, Inland Empire, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Ana, San Diego) Lottery District Office
Colorado Lottery Retailer Pueblo Claims Center HQ, 25 N Main Street, Pueblo, CO 81003 Denver Claim Center, 720 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 110A, Denver, CO 80246
Connecticut Lottery Retailer Prizes up to $5,000 can be redeemed at any high-tier claim center (five locations)

Prizes greater than $5,000 must be redeemed at the Rocky Hill Headquarters, located on 777 Brook St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Headquarters in Rocky Hill
Delaware Lottery Retailer $600 - $5,000 can be claimed at any of the Redemption Centers (three locations). Delaware Lottery Office, 1575 McKee Road, Suite 102 Dover, DE 19904
Florida Lottery Retailer, District Office or Lottery Headquarters $600 to $250,000 can be claimed at any Florida Lottery District Office (Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pensacola) or at Headquarters in Tallahassee Lottery Headquarters, 250 Marriott Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Georgia Lottery Retailer Headquarters in Atlanta or Lottery District Office (nine locations) Headquarters in Atlanta, 250 Williams Street, Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30303
Idaho Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702 Lottery Headquarters in Boise
Illinois Lottery Retailer or Claim Center Claim Center (Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Fairview Heights, Springfield) Illinois Lottery Claims Department, Department of Revenue, Willard Ice Building, 101 West Jefferson Street Springfield, IL 62702
Indiana Lottery Retailer or Prize Payment Center $600 - $49,999 can be claimed at the Prize Payment Center in Evansville or Mishawaka or Indianapolis headquarters Lottery Headquarters, Downtown Indianapolis, 1302 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Iowa Lottery Retailer Iowa Lottery Office (five locations – Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Storm Lake, Council Bluffs, Clive) Prizes more than $250,000 must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters, located on 13001 University Ave, Clive IA
Kansas Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 128 N Kansas Avenue Topeka, KS 66603 Lottery Headquarters in Topeka
Kentucky Lottery Retailer $600 – $5,000 can be claimed at an authorized Cashing Agents, the Lexington Regional Office or Headquarters in Louisville.

More than $5,000 and up to $49,999 can be claimed at the Regional Office, Fortune Business Center, 961 Beasley Street, Suite 110, Lexington KY 40509 or Lottery Headquarters, 1011 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Headquarters in Louisville ($50,000 and over)
Louisiana Lottery Retailer or Lottery Office Lottery Office (six locations - Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Monroe, Shreveport) $510,000 and over, can be claimed at the Lottery Headquarters, located on 555 Laurel St. Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Maine Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 10 Water St, Hallowell, ME 04347 Lottery Headquarters in Hallowell
Maryland Lottery Retailer $5,000 or less can be claimed at any Maryland Lottery XCAP (Expanded Cashing Authority Program) location

Prizes more than $5,000 must be claimed at a Lottery Claim Center in Baltimore or Lanham
Over $25,000 can be redeemed at the Maryland Lottery Headquarters, Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 330, Baltimore, MD 21230
Massachusetts Lottery Agent or Lottery Office $601 - $49,999 Lottery Office (Braintree, New Bedford, Springfield, Woburn, Worcester, Boston) Lottery Headquarters, 60 Columbian Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Michigan Lottery Retailer Up to $50,0000 can be claimed at any Lottery Regional Office (Lansing, Livonia, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Sterling Heights) Lottery Headquarters, 101 E. Hillsdale in Lansing
Minnesota Lottery Retailer or any of the Lottery Offices Lottery Retailer or any of the Lottery Offices (Owatonna, Detroit, Virginia, Marshall, Roseville) Lottery Headquarters, 2645 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Mississippi Lottery Retailer Prizes from $600 to $99,999 must be claimed at the Mississippi Lottery Headquarters in Flowood or by mail Lottery Headquarters - Mississippi Lottery Corporation, 1080 River Oaks Drive, Bldg. B-100, Flowood, MS 39232
Missouri Lottery Retailer or any of the Lottery Offices Prizes from $600.01 to $35,000 can be claimed at any of the Lottery Offices (Jefferson, Kansas, Springfield, St. Louis) Lottery Headquarters, 1823 Southridge Drive, Jefferson City, MO
Montana Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 525 North Montana Avenue, Helena Headquarters in Helena
Nebraska Lottery Retailer $501 to $19,999, can be redeemed at any of the Claim Centers (Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff) $20,000 or more, Lottery Office, located on Lincoln, 137 NW 17th Street
New Hampshire Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 14 Integra Drive, Concord, NH 03301 Headquarters in Concord
New Jersey Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, Lawrence Park Complex, 1333 Brunswick Avenue Circle, Trenton, NJ 08648 Headquarters in Trenton
New Mexico Lottery Retailer $601 - $99,999, Lottery Headquarters, 4511 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 $100,000 and over, Headquarters in Albuquerque
New York Lottery Retailer Claim Center (sixteen locations – Buffalo, Fishkill, Long Island, New York City, Schenectady, Syracuse, Jamaica, Yonkers, Saratoga, Farmington, Monticello, Hamburg, Nichols, Vernon, Batavia, North Islandia) Claim Center
North Carolina Lottery Retailer or Regional Office $600 to $99,999, Lottery Headquarters, 2728 Capital Blvd, Suite 144 Raleigh, NC 27604 or any of the Regional Offices $100,000 or more, Headquarters in Raleigh
North Dakota Lottery Retailer Lottery Office, 1050 E Interstate Ave, Suite 200, Bismarck, ND Lottery Office in Bismarck
Ohio Lottery Retailer $600 - $5,000, you must go to your Lottery Retailer, where you will receive a ‘Pay to Bearer’ ticket. Your retailer will also give you a list of bank-cashing locations where you can receive payment for your prize $5,000 and over, Regional Lottery Office (Cleveland, Athens, Toledo, Dayton, Akron, Youngstown, Cincinnati, Lorain, Columbus)
Oklahoma Lottery Retailer $601 - $5,000, Lottery Office in Oklahoma City or any of the Claim Centers (Ardmore, Yukon, Woodward, Sand Springs, Bartlesville, Elk City, Guymon, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Pauls Valley, Perry) Lottery Headquarters, 3817 N. Santa Fe, Suite 175, 73118
Oregon Lottery Retailer Less than $50,000, prizes can be claimed at the Salem or Wilsonville office $50,000 or more, Oregon Lottery, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, OR 97301
Pennsylvania Lottery Retailer Up to $2,500, Lottery Retailer. Over $2,500, Headquarters in Middletown or any Lottery Office (Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, Clearfield, Pittsburgh, Erie, Lehigh Valley) Lottery Headquarters, 1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1, Middletown, PA 17057
Puerto Rico $800 or less, Lottery Retailer Prizes up to $25,000, can be claimed at the Treasury Department or Lottery Centers (Hato Rey, Ponce, Caguas, Mayagüez, Humacao and Arecibo) More than $25,000, Lottery headquarters, Angel Ramos Foundation Building Suite 110, 383 Ave. Roosevelt, Hato Rey
Rhode Island Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters, 1425 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920 Lottery Headquarters in Cranston
South Carolina Up to $500, Lottery Retailer Columbia Claims Center, 1309 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Columbia Claims Center
South Dakota $100 or less, Lottery Retailer. $101 or more, Lottery Office Any of the Lottery Offices (Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre) Lottery Headquarters, 711 E. Wells Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
Tennessee Lottery Retailer or Lottery District Office $600 to $199,999, any of the lottery district offices (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis) $200,000 or more, Lottery Headquarters, One Century Place, 26 Century Blvd., Nashville, 37214
Texas Lottery Retailer, Claim Center (sixteen locations) or Lottery Commission in Austin $600 to $2.5 million, Claim Center or Lottery Commission in Austin Texas Lottery Commission, 611 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
U.S. Virgin Islands Office in Sunny Isle or Frederiksted on St. Croix, and at St. Thomas, 75 Corner, 5800 Krondprindsens Gade $1,200 or over, Lottery Office in St. Thomas or Sunny Isle Shopping Center Lottery Office or Frederiksted Ticket Sales Office Office in St. Thomas or Frederiksted
Vermont $500 or less, Lottery Headquarters in Berlin, Vermont or any authorized Lottery Agent in Vermont $500 to $5,000 can be claimed at People's United Bank with a Claim Form or Headquarters in Berlin, Vermont $5,000 or over, Lottery Headquarters, 1311 US Route 302, Berlin, VT
Virginia Lottery Retailer or Customer Service Center Customer Service Center (Richmond, Harrisonburg, Hampton, Farmville, Roanoke, Abingdon, Woodbridge) Lottery Headquarters, 600 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Washington State Lottery Office Lottery Office (Everett, Federal Way, Spokane Valley, Vancouver, Yakima) $100,000 or more, Lottery Headquarters, 814 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA 98506
Washington D.C. Lottery Agent or Prize Center $601 - $5,000 Prize Center Above $5,000, Office of Lottery and Charitable Games Prize Center, Lobby Level, 2235 Shannon Place, S.E. Washington, D. C. 20020
West Virginia Lottery Retailer Lottery Headquarters in Charleston, 900 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302 or at the Regional Office in Weirton, 100 Municipal Plaza, Suite 500, Weirton, WV 26062 Lottery Headquarters in Charleston
Wisconsin Lottery Retailer or Lottery Office in Madison or Milwaukee $600 - $500,000, Madison Office, Department of Revenue, 2135 Rimrock Road Madison, WI 53713 or Milwaukee Lottery Office, State Office Building 819 N. 6th Street, 4th Floor Service Counter, Milwaukee, WI 53203 Prizes over 501,000, Madison Lottery Office
Wyoming Lottery Retailer or Office Lottery Headquarters, 1620 Central Avenue, Suite 100, Cheyenne, WY Headquarters in Cheyenne