The RI Lottery, a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association started in 1974 and is run by the state of Rhode Island. Since the lottery’s inception in 1974, they have transferred more than $8.3 billion to the State’s General Fund, which supports many things for the state including education, healthcare, public safety, and the environment of the beautiful Ocean State.
Rhode Island is a state that truly believes in giving back. In fact, when lottery players play the Rhode Island lottery, the money from the General Fund provides sales commissions to lottery retailers; establishments, restaurants, and small businesses across the state where the lottery is sold and supports the local economy.
The state of Rhode Island strives to maximize revenue from the lottery games and instant tickets sold throughout the state., while maintaining the trust and best interest of the great citizens of the state. The state lottery is committed to a fun, positive way to generate additional revenue for the State of Rhode Island.
The state of RI offers the following lottery games. Numbers game is a daily game, started in 1976, and was the first Rhode Island Lottery game where lottery players selected their own numbers. Wild Money is another is the Rhode Island Lottery`s progressive jackpot game! The jackpot starts at $20,000 and increases until there is a winner! Rhode Island began selling Mega Millions tickets on January 31, 2010. Mega Millions is a very popular game because of the high jackpots. The largest Mega Millions jackpot to date was $1.537 billion on October 23, 2018, and the winning ticket was sold in South Carolina.
Did you know that the state of Rhode Island was one of the founding members of the Multi-State Lottery Association and established the Lotto America game in 1987? Fun fact, this multi-state game became Powerball in 1992. Powerball is another very popular game because of the huge jackpots. The biggest jackpot in history was $2.04 billion on Nov. 8, 2022 (and the winner was in California. The state of Rhode Island also offers Lucky for Life, which began March 11, 2012, as only a New England game. In January 2015, the Lucky for Life game went beyond the New England and expanded to additional states. The jackpots for Lucky for Life are prizes of $1,000 a DAY for LIFE and a second prize of $25,000 a YEAR for LIFE!
Located at 1425 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Lottery employs 103 people to oversee all aspects of Lottery operations and gaming in the State.
Here are the taxes withheld from lottery prizes claimed by U.S. citizens or residents.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||5.99%|
If the winner is not a resident or citizen of the U.S., the Rhode Island Lottery withholds a greater amount of taxes.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||5.99%|
In the state of Rhode Island, you must be at least 18 years old to purchase and redeem lottery tickets and winnings.
Revenue from winning number and instant games, after prize awards, commissions, operating expenses, and other costs, is turned over to the State General Fund.
The State General Fund decides how the proceeds are used, which go towards supporting Rhode Island residents for tax relief, education, public safety, law enforcement, and human services among the state's 39 cities and towns.
Drawings for the Numbers (evening draws) and Wild Money lottery results can be seen on WPRI-TV (Channel 12). The Daily Numbers midday drawings can be found on YouTube. Powerball can be found on WPRI-TV (Channel 12). Mega Millions can be viewed on YouTube. Lucky for Life can be seen on Luckyforlife.us.
for draw games must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing date.
Yes. In the state of Rhode Island for any prize $600 and above, winners will receive a W-2G tax form. For lottery prizes over $5,000, the state withholds 24% in Federal taxes and 5.99% in State taxes. Non-U.S. residents' prizes are subject to Federal back-up withholding.
If you lose a winning ticket, the state of Rhode Island is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. You must present a winning ticket to claim a prize. As soon as you get your ticket, you should protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets upon purchase. If anyone finds a ticket that is not signed, they can sign it, and claim the winnings and collect the prize.
Any prize below $600 can be claimed at any Lottery Retailer or at Lottery Headquarters. Prizes $600 and above must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters. Lottery winner must provide a valid, government-issued photo I.D. and Social Security Number for those prizes of $600 and above. iLottery prizes below $600 will automatically be paid to the player's Rhode Island iLottery Account.
iLottery prizes of $600 and above must be redeemed at Lottery Headquarters.
Rhode Island Lottery Headquarters:
1425 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
In the state of Rhode Island, you cannot remain anonymous if you win the Rhode Island Lottery. If requested the states do everything possible to keep a winner's information private. If requested a winner's name and city or town of residency must be released upon request.
The first thing you do is sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe and secure location. Second, you may want to consult with an attorney and seek professional financial and legal advice. Lastly, call the Lottery in advance of coming in so they can schedule and appointment to cash your winning ticket and explain the process.
No, you cannot buy tickets online in the state of Rhode Island. To purchase lottery tickets, please visit an authorized ticket retailer in the state.
No. You must claim a prize on a winning Powerball, Mega Millions, or Lucky for Life ticket in the state in which you bought it in.
Yes, in fact, quite a few Rhode Island players have won. Eight Rhode Island players have won Powerball jackpots by matching all the numbers on the Powerball ticket. The largest to date was a $336,400,000 Powerball® prize, for the drawing held on February 11, 2012, was claimed in the name of the Rainbow Sherbert Trust. Before Powerball, five Rhode Island players won Lotto America jackpots. One Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket was sold in Rhode Island. The $42,000,000 jackpot for the October 13, 2017, draw was split between a winning ticket sold in Michigan and a winning ticket claimed by a father and son from Providence.
The official website is www.rilot.com
The chances of winning the lottery are about the same if you play quick pick or chose your own numbers.
Yes, it is worth the extra dollar adding the Powerplay or Megaplier because it increases your payout if you hit any prize except for the jackpot prize.
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