MA Lottery Offices Reopen For Large Prize Claims
If you hit the jackpot in the Massachusetts Lottery, it’s now easier again to claim your prize with lottery offices reopening.
By Jimmy Bentley , Patch Staff
Jun 24, 2020 1:49 p m ET
BRAINTREE, MA — If you hit the jackpot in the Massachusetts Lottery recently, claiming your prize has been difficult as offices were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s finally a lot easier to get your prize money again.
On Wednesday, the lottery offices in Braintree, Dorchester, New Bedford and Worcester reopened their claim centers for prizes of $5,000 to $99,000. The offices are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Springfield and Woburn claim centers are processing claims of $5,000 and above by appointment only.
If you have a prize of $100,000 or more, please call 781-849-5555 and ask to speak with a grand prize coordinator to make an appointment to claim your prize.
For the last few months, winners could only claim their prize of $10,000 or more by scheduling an appointment. But now, you can come get your money with some safety restrictions.
The restrictions are based on the first letter of your last name. Here’s the schedule for claiming lottery prizes:MA Lottery Offices Reopen For Large Prize Claims – Braintree, MA – If you hit the jackpot in the Massachusetts Lottery, it's now easier again to claim your prize with lottery offices reopening.
You can use this Massachusetts Lottery page to find the latest information for lottery games held in the Bay State.
Current MA lottery games include: Massachusetts Megabucks – Lucky for Life – Mass Cash – Numbers Evening – Numbers Midday – Powerball and MegaMillions.
– Latest Massachusetts Numbers
Massachusetts Lottery Draw Schedule
How late can you buy lottery tickets in MA? Find out in the table below, you can also find out the drawing times so you know when to check if you’re a winner!
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||10:59 PM||9:50 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Lucky for Life||Monday & Thursday||10:38 PM||9:30 PM|
|Mass Cash||Daily||10:00 PM||9:45 PM|
|Megabucks Doubler||Wednesday & Saturday||11:20 PM||10:45 PM|
|The Numbers Game||Daily||12:55 PM & 7:57 PM||12:45 PM & 7:45 PM|
|*Times are shown in ET. Lottery tickets are not on sale before 5:00 AM.|
Megabucks Doubler is a 6/49 game that gives players a chance to win impressive jackpot prizes. Drawings take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and all you have to do is purchase a ticket for $1 per play and select six numbers from 1 to 49. Match all six numbers drawn and you’ll win the jackpot prize!
|Numbers Matched||Megabucks Prize||Megabucks Doubler Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 6||Jackpot||Jackpot||1 in 13,983,816|
|Match 5||$2,500||$5,000||1 in 54,200|
|Match 4||$100||$200||1 in 1,032||Match 3||$2||$4||1 in 56|
|Overall odds are 1 in 54|
Other great Massachusetts Lottery draw games include Mass Cash, a Match 5 game which has a set jackpot of $100,000, and Numbers, a quick game that offers drawings twice a day.
Instant win games can be purchased at most major retailers and offer players the chance to experience the thrill of victory as soon as they scratch off the ticket cover. Games cost as little as $1 per play and the prizes available can rival those of some draw games. Why not pop into a store today and try one?
History of the Massachusetts Lottery
The Massachusetts Lottery sold its first ticket on April 6th, 1972, with seven people winning $50,000 each in “the Game” drawing.
The popular Mass Cash game was introduced in 1991 and the state joined Powerball in 1996. Massachusetts then joined Mega Millions in 2010 and launched the regional Lucky for Life game in 2012. The state introduced a keno game in 2013 that offers players the chance to pick up prizes every four minutes seven days a week!
Even if you don’t live in Massachusetts or the United States, you can still participate in lottery games such as Mega Millions and Powerball. Visit the Buy Tickets page for more information.
Claiming Your Prize
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Massachusetts. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
Winners may redeem prizes of $50,000 and below by mail – scroll down for details. Prizes worth $600 or less can also be redeemed at authorized retailers throughout Massachusetts, while any payout worth between $601 and $49,999 can be claimed at the regional offices in Boston, Braintree, New Bedford, West Springfield, Woburn or Worcester.
If you’re really lucky and win $50,000 or more, you’ll need to visit the offices in Braintree to make your claim.
You’ll have one year after the date of the drawing to come forward and pick up your winnings before the prize expires.
Massachusetts taxes of five percent are withheld on all prizes worth more than $600. If you win more than $5,000, both state taxes and a federal tax of 25 percent will be applicable to your prize.
Claim a prize by mail
If you’ve won $50,000 or less, you can mail your claim to the Lottery. Fill out a winner claim form and send it along with the original signed ticket.
In addition to the ticket and claim form, for prizes over $600 you’ll also need a copy of a government-issued photo ID and a copy of a document verifying your Social Security Number.
Massachusetts State Lottery
P.O. Box 859036
Braintree, MA 02185-9036
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