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US Lottery: Can undocumented immigrants collect Mega Millions or Powerball prizes?

Powerball and Mega Millions are two of the most popular lotteries in the United States. Can undocumented immigrants buy lottery tickets and collect prizes?

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Mega Millions and Powerball are two of the most attractive lotteries in the United States, with jackpots reaching hundreds of millions and even passing the billion dollar barrier.

So far, Powerball holds the record for the largest jackpot in history. In November of last year, the jackpot was $2.04 billion, with the lucky winner buying the ticket in California.

Given the popularity of both raffles in the US, some may be wondering if undocumented immigrants can also buy tickets or collect prizes, or if these raffles are exclusive to US citizens.

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US Lottery: Can undocumented immigrants collect Mega Millions or Powerball prizes?

In an interview with Univisión, Jorge de la Cruz, spokesperson for the California Lottery, commented that you do not need to be a US citizen either to participate or to collect any prize, so undocumented immigrants and non-residents are entitled to collect prizes if they win.

The Powerball website notes that it is not necessary to be a citizen or resident of the United States in order to play. However, it is important to take into account that there are some other factors that would make this right valid, since some rules tend to vary from state to state.

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To claim a prize, the lottery ticket must have been purchased in the United States. In addition, in the case of undocumented immigrants, it is necessary to have an identification document issued by the country of origin, such as a passport. There are also some states that require the winner to present a tax identification number.

It is also worth noting that taxes on the prize are higher for non-citizens, who must pay between 30% and 40%, in addition to state taxes. Meanwhile, US citizens pay 25% to 30%.

If you are buying a Mega Million or Powerball lottery ticket, we recommend you check the rules for collecting prizes in your state.

In the case of Powerball, it can be played in 45 states of the country, and not in Alabama, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Alaska. It can also be played in Washington D.C., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Mega Millions can be played in almost all states in the United States, with the same exceptions as Powerball. It is also playable in the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.