How to Claim

Congratulations on winning a Mega Millions prize. If you’re wondering what to do next, this page will help to inform you on how to claim a prize from an authorized retailer or lottery claim center

How to Claim a Prize from an Authorized Retailer

If you purchased your ticket from a retailer, where you claim your winnings depends on the amount that you have won. For detailed information on where to claim your prize for each jurisdiction, visit the dedicated page.

$599 and Under

Prizes less than $600 can be claimed at an authorized retailer, district office or claim center.

$600 and over

Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at a district office, claim center or lottery headquarters.

Jackpot Winners

Mega Millions jackpot winners are encouraged to contact the lottery headquarters for their jurisdiction. Players can decide to take a one-off lump sum cash payment or accept an annuity (30 payments over 29 years).

Please note that the information may vary depending on the state in which you played. Please check with your state lottery before claiming. In addition, winning tickets can only be claimed in the state where they were purchased.

Unclaimed Prizes

A Mega Millions prize must be claimed between 180 days and one year from the date of draw (varies by state). In the US, if a prize is not claimed, some unclaimed funds are returned to the lottery fund, whilst other funds are given back to the community, helping to benefit areas such as public education.

It is important to note that you cannot win a Mega Millions prize for a draw that you have not entered. If you have received correspondence notifying you that you have won a prize and have not entered a draw, you may be the victim of a scam. Visit the dedicated 'Scams' page to find out more.

Think you’re a winner? Double check at the Mega Millions Numbers page.