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 When must I choose Cash Value Option or Annual Payments? Can I choose when I come to collect the jackpot?
Currently, you must choose an option at the time the ticket is purchased, and cannot be changed. This is a Texas Lottery policy established in response to IRS rulings that impact the way the jackpot is taxed.

 
 I think I won, but my ticket didn't validate what do I do?
There are times when an on-line ticket that appears to be a winner is not able to be validated. The ticket in question could have previously been validated. Due to high volume, validated ticket information is purged from the system 14 days after the initial validation. If a retailer validates a ticket and an attempt is made to scan and validate the ticket a second time during the first 14 days, the ticket will generate the message, 'Previously Paid.' However, 14 days after the initial validation, the system will no longer recognize the ticket as a winner, and the message will change to, 'Sorry not a Winner.'

 
 How are the Lotto Texas prize amounts calculated?
For each draw, 40.47 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 6-of-6 (jackpot) prize. The jackpot amount will be divided evenly among all jackpot winners. If there is no winner, the amount allocated for the jackpot prize will become part of the jackpot prize for the next draw. The jackpot prize will be the greater of the total allocations from Lotto Texas ticket sales or the amount advertised.

For each draw, 2.23 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 5-of-6 (second) prize. The amount allocation will be divided evenly among all winners for that level. Prizes will be rounded to the nearest dollar. Any part of the second prize allocation for a drawing that is not paid in prizes will be carried forward and will become part of the second prize for the next drawing. For each draw, 3.28 percent of the proceeds from Lotto Texas ticket sales will be allocated to the 4-of-6 (third) prize. The amount allocation will be divided evenly among all winners at that level. Prizes will be rounded to the nearest dollar. Any part of the third prize allocation for a drawing that is not paid in prizes will be carried forward and will become part of the third prize for the next drawing. The 3-of-6 (fourth) prize is $3, and 4.02 percent of Lotto Texas ticket sales is allocated for the fourth prize.

 
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 How can I get drawing results?
Drawing results can be obtained on this website by clicking here. The results of the most recent drawings appear on the home page. You can also get results from previous drawings here.

Results can also be obtained from any Texas Lottery retailer.
 
 How much taxes are taken out of of a prize?
If more than $5,000 is won more of the winnings will be kept as a result of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, signed May 28. Because the new tax rate is lower for citizens and resident aliens, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will require less withholding from the winners' payments. The previous Act, effective Aug. 6, 2001, specified a gradual decrease in the withholding rate over a period of years. The new law, which replaces the 2001 Act, reduces the tax rate to 25 percent, and the effective date is retroactive as of Jan 1, 2003. This is a tax rate decrease of two percent on prizes over $5,000 for U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

While there is no withholding on lottery prizes of less than $5,000, unless paid in installments or to a nonresident alien individual, winnings are still subject to income tax. However, the 2003 decrease in the tax rate applies to all income, including lottery prizes. In addition, changes in deductions may also reduce the amount of income tax liability, depending upon each individual's personal situation. The IRS may refund any funds that exceed the individual's tax liability for 2003 when the winner files his or her annual income tax return. The winner should consult a legal or financial tax expert to determine his or her tax liability.

For winners that are not a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the tax withholding rate has not changed. The withholding rate for nonresident alien individuals is still 30 percent. The Texas Lottery withholds 30 percent on prizes of $600 or more.
 
 How long are winning tickets valid?
On-line (Lotto Texas, Mega Millions, Cash Five, Pick 3, Daily 4 and Texas Two Step) winning tickets are valid for 180 days from the date of the drawing.
 

 
 

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