The Vermont Lottery was born in 1978 after it was granted $250,000 in seed money. It took the VT Lottery seven months to create the first ticket and eighteen months to pay back the seed money. The first lottery game was called the Green Mountain Game and went on sale February 14, 1978, and the first instant ticket (Scratch 'N Match) went on sale June 20,1978 and the first online game (Pick 3) launched November 10, 1980.
In July 1998, the Vermont Legislature mandated that all profits from the Vermont Lottery go to the state’s Education Fund. On June 19,2018 the new Department of Liquor and Lottery was formed. The Vermont Lottery has one of the smallest staffs of any lottery in the U.S is run by 21 full-time employees, with oversight from five board members, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Vermont Senate. Currently there are 600 lottery retailers in the state of Vermont.
The state of Vermont contributes all lottery proceeds to the Education Fund. The General fund allocates money to prizes from players, tri-state expenses, agent commissions/bonuses, operating and administrative cost and profit to Vermont Education Fund. In 2022 the following were giving back:
$100,687,914 in prizes to lottery players
The Vermont Lottery offers a variety of instant games, including scratch tickets and draw games i.e. Powerball with the optional Powerplay, Mega Millions with the optional Megaplier, Lucky for Life, Tri-State Megabucks, Pick 3, Pick 4, Gimme 5 and FastPlay Pro. Lottery sales from lottery tickets in fiscal year 2022 were $151,483,632 a 6% decrease from 2021. The drop in ticket sales was due to a decrease in sales for Mega Millions, while Powerball saw a 15% uptick in sales.
Here are the taxes withheld from lottery winners who provide a Social Security number when claiming their prize.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||6%|
If the winner does not present a taxpayer identification number when claiming their lottery prize, the Vermont Lottery withholds the following taxes.
|Over $600||State Tax||6.72%|
If the winner is not a citizen or resident of the U.S., the Vermont Lottery withholds a greater amount of taxes.
|Over $600||State Tax||7.2%|
Unfortunately, you cannot remain anonymous if you win the lottery in Vermont. The name, town and prize amount on your Claim Form is public information. For example, if you add your name on the Claim Form, your name becomes public information. If you claim your prize in a trust, the name of the trust is placed on the Claim Form and becomes public record.
If you lose your winning lottery ticket, then you are out of luck. The Vermont Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets and cannot pay a prize without a valid winning ticket. Once you get a lottery ticket it is your responsibility to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe and secure place until you go to claim it.
Yes, in the beautiful state of Vermont you can claim a winning ticket by mail. To claim a winning ticket by mail, fill out and sign the back of your ticket, including your name, phone number and address, and mail to: Vermont Lottery, 1311 US Route 302, Suite 100, Barre VT 05641-2399.If you won a prize over $499, you must include your social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship and association with any Vermont Lotto agent (owner or an employee).
You have 365 calendar days from the winning draw date to claim your prize.
Every year, some top prizes go unclaimed by winners. By statute, the Vermont Lottery must pay at least 50% of its sales to winners in the form of prizes. A large percentage of unclaimed prize money is transferred to the Vermont Education Fund in the form of profits.
Currently in the state of Vermont it is not possible to play the Vermont Lottery through the mail or by the internet. The state is working on online lottery, but it is not available yet.
The Tri-State Lottery included Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
The withholdings for the state of Vermont are 28% for Federal taxes and 6.72% Vermont State taxes on any winnings of $600 or more.
You can purchase VT lottery tickets at almost 600 retail locations throughout the state. You can find a list of lottery retailers here.
The 2nd Chance program offers players the opportunity to enter eligible non-winning instant scratch tickets into a second chance drawing to win cash and/or merchandise prizes.
If you know someone who has a gambling problem, you can call the Howard Center at 802-488-6000 or the national hotline at 1-800-5223-4700 or visit https://problemgambling.vermont.gov/ for more information.
Yes. The Vermont Lottery allows you to purchase tickets for a number of consecutive draws in advance.
The address for the Vermont Lottery Commission
1311 US Route 302
1311 US Route 302, Suite 100
Barre, VT 05641
Yes, non-residents can play the Vermont lotto, but they must 18 years old or older to purchase a ticket from a lottery agent.
You can check Lotterycurrent.com/vermont or the official site to see Vermont Lottery results, prizes and winning numbers.
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