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CLAIMING PRIZES

Congratulations, you won! First thing, sign your ticket to show that it's yours. 

Most Oregon Lottery prizes can be claimed within one year of the date the ticket was issued. Expiration dates for Scratch-it tickets vary. Players have one full year from when the Scratch-it game end date is set. You can find this date on each Scratch-it details page.

Where to claim prizes

You can either mail us the ticket or claim in person. Where you can claim your prize depends on how much you won and which game you were playing. The tables below show where you can claim your prize.

There are two Lottery offices where you can claim prizes, the main office in Salem and the Wilsonville Payment Center. Directions & Hours

Claiming Scratch-its and draw game prizes:

Prize amount
(single ticket)
Where to claim
Any Lottery Retailer
in Oregon
Wilsonville Payment Center Salem Main Office By mail
Up to $600 checkmark-sm checkmark-sm checkmark-sm  checkmark-sm
Under $50,000   checkmark-sm checkmark-sm  checkmark-sm
$50,000 or more     checkmark-sm  checkmark-sm

Claiming Video Lottery prizes:

Prize amount
(single ticket)
Where to claim
Lottery Retailer where won*
Wilsonville Payment Center Salem Main Office By mail
$1,250 and under checkmark-sm checkmark-sm checkmark-sm  checkmark-sm
Over $1,250   checkmark-sm checkmark-sm  checkmark-sm

*within 28 days of the date the ticket was issued.

Claiming prizes by mail

You can mail any winning Oregon Lottery ticket of any amount— just sign and fill out the information on the back of the ticket. Complete the Winner Claim Form and send it in with the original winning ticket.

Mail to:
Oregon Lottery
PO BOX 14515
Salem OR 97309

Please mail tickets to our Salem headquarters at the address above. We do not process mail-in claims at our Wilsonville office, so the claims will be delayed if mailed to Wilsonville. Winner Claim Forms may not be faxed or emailed to the Lottery.

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? Take your Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Card to almost any ATM across the state. To avoid transaction fees, visit your nearest MoneyPass ATM.
  • Remember, Video Lottery prizes of up $1,250 can still be claimed at the Lottery retail location where the prize was won. Also, all other Oregon Lottery prizes up to $600 can be claimed at any Oregon Lottery retailer.

Jackpot games payout options


Cash or annuity?

If you win a jackpot playing Powerball, Mega Millions or Oregon’s Game Megabucks, you are able to choose between a one-time cash payment or receiving 30 annual installments. This choice can be made when you come to the Lottery office to claim your prize.

You also have the option of validating your winning ticket at the Lottery office and then take time to consider how to take your prize. This choice must be made within 60 days of the date the winning ticket was validated.

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

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

Oregon's Game Megabucks annuity

Oregon’s Game Megabucks annuity prizes are paid evenly over 30 years. If you win a $30 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot, for example, and opt for the 30-year annuity, you will receive $1 million a year, for 30 years (before taxes).

Powerball annuity

If you win a Powerball jackpot and select the annuity option, you are guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments for both games increase by 5% until the 30th and final payment. The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity.

Mega Millions annuity

If you win a Mega Millions jackpot and select the annuity option, you are guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments for both games increase by 5% until the 30th and final payment. The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity.

Tax withholdings


State tax withholding

The Oregon Lottery will withhold an 8% state tax on all prizes of $1,500 and more. This means that the Lottery will pay your prize minus the 8% state tax. This is in compliance with a state law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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

Will the Lottery give me a W2G for my records?

Of course! You will receive it at the time of prize payment.

What if I win and I am a Non-resident alien? 
The Oregon Lottery is required to withhold 30% federal withholding tax from all prize amounts. Oregon tax withholding is 8% on prizes of $1,500.00 and more.

The Oregon Lottery attempts to ensure that the winning numbers for each drawing is posted correctly on this web site. However, posted numbers are unofficial. The only official source for verifying winning numbers on a player's ticket is through the Oregon Lottery's central computer system. To confirm that an Oregon Lottery ticket is a winner, please have the ticket validated through a lottery sales terminal at any retailer or at a Lottery office in Salem or Wilsonville (OAR 177-070-0035). Players have one year from the date of the drawing for which the ticket was purchased to claim any prizes from that drawing (OAR 177-070-0025).