How to Claim Prizes
Mega Millions Winners of $599 or Less
Check with your local retailer to see if they’ll award you your prize, or visit and claim at any of our four Lottery Claim Centers, or mail your signed winning ticket to Colorado Lottery, PO BOX 7, Pueblo, CO 81002. Allow one week for processing, and a check will be mailed to you.
Mega Millions Winners of $599 or More
You must claim at a Colorado Lottery Claim Center. Complete the Colorado Lottery Prize Claim Form and bring a photo I.D. with you. You will be asked to provide your social security number. Or you can opt to mail your signed winning ticket to Colorado Lottery, PO BOX 7, Pueblo, CO 81002 along with a Colorado Lottery Prize Claim Form. Fill out the form completely and sign it. Please allow one week for processing, and a check will be mailed to you. Incomplete forms may result in a delay.
Mega Millions Jackpot Winners
Mega Millions jackpot winners are encouraged to claim their prize at the Denver Claim Center.
Seek financial advice before claiming the jackpot prize; consider these questions:
Cash or Annuity?Do you want to receive your prize in the form of an annuity (a series of fixed payments paid at regular intervals over a specified period), or in one lump sum payment? The cash value of the jackpot is approximately 50 percent of the advertised, estimated (annuitized) jackpot. If you choose an annuity, you’ll be paid in 30 graduated payments (growing by 5% each year to keep up with inflation) over 29 years. Subsequent annuity payments will be made yearly close to the anniversary date of the claim. The choice you make is binding and irrevocable. You have 60 days from the date your ticket is validated to decide how to be paid.
What’s the best way to share a prize?If you want to share the prize with others, you may want to consider building a trust fund. Your bank, attorney or certified financial advisor can give you advice about this option. You can choose to “split” the prize by having all prize winners complete IRS Tax Form 5754 that will dictate how to split certain gambling winnings. If you decide to “split” the prize, one person is designated as the prize recipient, signs the winning Mega Millions ticket, and distributes the money. You’ll need to provide the names, addresses, social security numbers, and the gross amount to be distributed to each person.
Where will you put your money? There are FDIC regulations that need to be considered when depositing large sums of money. Contact your financial institution for more information.
Come prepared.Complete the Colorado Lottery Prize Claim Form. You’ll have to complete additional forms provided by the Colorado Lottery including a Mega Millions Grand Prize Election Form.
Bring a photo I.D. and your Social Security number, if you have one. Acceptable identification includes: driver’s license, passport, military ID card, green card – or any form of government-issued identification with photo.
Call ahead to the Denver Claim Center at 303-759-3552 or 800-999-2959 and let us know when you’ll be coming in to claim the jackpot.
What you can expect when you win the jackpot.As part of the Open Records Act, we are required to release to the public your name, hometown, amount you won and the game you played. This information will be posted on coloradolottery.com and will be furnished to media upon request.
You will be interviewed by the Colorado Lottery Media Relations team and a press release will be distributed to local media outlets. You may also be asked to participate in a press conference to answer questions directly from reporters. Our Media Relations team will work closely with you to ensure your comfort with the process.
You’ll be asked to have your picture taken which will appear on our “Wall of Winners’, our website, and our Facebook and Twitter social media outlets.
Think You're a Winner?
Double check your numbers and be sure they're for the draw date printed on your ticket.
Sign the back of your ticket to protect you against loss or theft. Only one signature will be accepted.
Complete a Colorado Lottery Claims Form before claiming prizes of $599 or more.
Deductions to Prizes $5,001+
29 percent will be withheld from your prize for taxes (25% federal; 4% state) if you provide us with your social security number.
34 percent will be withheld from your prize for taxes (30% federal; 4% state) if you do not provide us with a social security number.