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Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?

 
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04/05/2012 04:40 PM
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Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?
I was wondering if you have to be a legal U.S citizen or natural born citizen to win lottery? Or does it not matter?
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04/05/2012 04:44 PM
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Re: Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?
nope ANYONE can play the mega millions, the powerball etc.

[link to www.usamega.com]

'Can non-US citizens play? What if a non-US citizen wins?

Yes, non-US citizens can legally play, and non-US citizens are eligible to win any prize offered in the game.

If a non-US citizen wins, they would claim their prize in the same manner that a US citizen would, but the taxes withheld would be different. For example, federal withholding for non-US citizens is a flat 30%. Also, individual states may have different tax structures for non-US citizens than they do for US citizens. Depending on which country the person is a legal resident of, there also may be tax treaties between the US and that other country which could be helpful in offsetting whatever the US tax liabilities are.

In short, non-US citizens can play and win Mega Millions. If a non-US citizen wins a large prize, they will be responsible for some amount of tax, which in the end will probably be an amount similar to what a US citizen would pay, but there are so many possible variations with international tax codes that you'll need to consult with a local tax attorney if you need to know a precise amount of tax liability.'

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I'm in a weekly syndicate on the mega millions for example.

costs me more to buy tickets, of course, as a third party website holds them for me, this one in fact..

[link to www.sun7lottery.com]

but the syndicate has at least a few dozen tickets riding each draw, and even 5% of tens of millions of dollars is well worth winning.
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04/05/2012 04:50 PM
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Re: Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?
Wow, that's weird, since it's a state lotto I would have thought there would be stipulations.
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04/05/2012 05:13 PM

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Re: Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?
I remember years ago, when I lived in New Jersey, there was a stipulation to the NJLottery that said you had to be a legal resident of the US to win.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone said it was changed though.

Last Edited by Anonymous Cowherder on 04/05/2012 05:14 PM
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04/05/2012 05:15 PM
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Re: Do you have to be a legal U.S citizen to win the lottery?
I doubt it, the US Government will gladly receive taxes from anyone.
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