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When You Win

If you won, Congratulations! But now what? Where do you claim your prize? Do you owe taxes? What are your payment options? Read below for all the answers. But before you do, sign the back of your winning ticket and take a deep breath. It feels good to win. In most cases, you have up to a year to claim your prize—plenty of time to get all the answers you need. So celebrate!

Sorry We're Closed Notice: Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices are currently closed.

How can you claim a prize? Most prizes can be claimed by mail, and smaller prizes can still be claimed at Lottery retailers. See below for more information.

For prizes of $50,000 or more, please call 503-540-1000 to schedule an appointment at the Oregon Lottery office in Salem.

How to Claim Your Prize

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Jackpot Prizes

Prize

Up to $600

Prizes up to $600 may be claimed at any Lottery retailer. Staying safe and staying home? Prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$601-$49,999

How can you claim a prize while staying home? For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim
Form.

Prize

$50,000+

How can you claim a prize while maintaining social distance? If you’re lucky enough to have a big win over $50,000, you’ll need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

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Scratch It Prizes

Prize

Up to $600

Prizes up to $600 may be claimed at any Lottery retailer. Staying safe and staying home? Prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$601-$49,999

How can you claim a prize while staying home? For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$50,000+

How can you claim a prize while maintaining social distance? If you’re lucky enough to have a big win over $50,000, you’ll need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

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Video Lottery Prizes

Prize

Up to $1,250

Video Lottery prizes of up to $1,250 may be claimed at the retailer where the prize was won (within 28 days of the date the ticket was issued).

Video Lottery prizes of any amount can also be claimed by mail at any time (you have one year to claim by mail). See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$1,250+

Prizes over $1,250 may be claimed by mail up to a year after winning. See details below under “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

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Claiming Prizes by Mail

While Salem and Wilsonville offices remain closed, you can continue to mail any winning Oregon Lottery ticket. Please note that with limited staffing in offices during this time, it may take up to two weeks to process your claim.

Mail to:
Oregon Lottery
PO Box 14515
Salem, OR 97309

Be sure to sign the back of your ticket. Then, complete the Winner Claim Form and send it in with your signed, original winning ticket to the Salem office as no mail-in claims are processed at the Wilsonville payment center. Winner Claim Forms may not be faxed or emailed to the Lottery.

If you’ve won playing Oregon Lottery Scoreboard, all prize claims and tax management occur through the Scoreboard app.

Winner Claim Form

Prize Payments by Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Card

Beginning Summer 2019, players who win prizes up to $20,000 will be issued an easy to use Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Card.

  • You will have instant access to your winnings. Use them anywhere Visa® debit and credit cards are accepted.
  • Want cash? Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Cards may be used at almost any ATM across the state. To avoid transaction fees, visit your nearest MoneyPass ATM.
  • Video Lottery prizes up to $1,250 can still be claimed at the Lottery retail location where the prize was won. All other Oregon Lottery prizes up to $600 can be claimed at any Oregon Lottery retailer. Most prizes may also be claimed by mail.

Tax and Payout Information

State Tax

The Oregon Lottery automatically withholds an 8% state tax on all prizes of $1,500 or more. This follows state law effective January 1, 2018.

Federal Tax

Non-Video Lottery prizes over $5,000 will have both the 8% state and 24% federal taxes withheld.

For Video Lottery prizes, only the 8% state tax withheld.

W2G

At the time you get your prize, the Lottery will provide you with your W2G.

Residency

If a winner is a non-resident alien, the Lottery is required to withhold 30% federal withholding tax from all prize payments. For prizes of $1,500 and more, Oregon state tax withholding is 8%.

Jackpot Games Payout Options

Cash or Annuity?

You’ve won an Oregon Lottery jackpot! Yay!!! Did you know you have a couple of options on how to take your prize winnings?

If you win a jackpot playing Powerball, Mega Millions or Oregon’s Game Megabucks, you have two options – choose between a one-time cash payment or you can receive 30 annual installments. You’ll need to choose one when you come to the Lottery office to claim your prize.

Not sure what to do?! You have the option of validating your winning ticket at the Lottery office and then take some time – not too much time – to consider how to take your prize. You’ll need to make your choice within 60 days of the date you brought your winning ticket to the Lottery to be validated.

I’ll Take the Lump Sum, Please!

If you choose the one-time cash payment, you will receive one-half of the advertised prize in one lump sum.

I’d Like 30 Years of Prize Payments!

You second option is to choose the 30-year annuity. Winners of a Powerball, Mega Millions or Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot prize who choose the 30-year annuity, fill out a beneficiary designation form when you claim your prize. This form designates who will receive the remaining annuity payments if the winner passes away before the 30-year annuity payments have ended.

OREGON LOTTERY DOLLARS DO SO MANY GOOD THINGS

Over $200 Million paid to prize winners each year

Millions funding every community across Oregon

Retailer commissions, Vendor contracts, and Employee salaries