Lottery Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase lottery tickets online?

Everyone gets so excited when the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots go way up to multi millions of dollars. Why not pay 200 winners $1 million each, instead of $200 million to one winner?

If I win the jackpot, do I have the option of remaining anonymous as far as the public and the media are concerned?

Do I have to match the numbers in the exact order drawn?

I received an email from a person saying I won the Lottery. How do I know if this is real or fake?

What’s the difference between Powerball and Mega Millions?

What’s the difference between the cash and annuity option?

If I die before I receive all the payments from a lottery prize like the Powerball jackpot, will my heirs receive the rest of my prize money?

Where is the Powerball prize money kept until it is paid out? Is there any chance that something could happen to it before the 30-year payout period ends?

Does Minnesota share Powerball and Mega Millions money with other states?

If you win the Powerball jackpot and select the cash option, on what amount do you pay taxes?

Can a resident of Canada purchase Minnesota State Lottery tickets? If a Canadian citizen wins, how would the payment be made and how are the taxes paid?

Who decides how much the Powerball jackpot should be and how is it figured?

We have a serious discussion at work as to whether the odds of winning the Powerball increase, decrease or remain the same depending on how many tickets are sold. Which is it?

If I buy a quick-pick ticket, can anyone else get those numbers?

Are there any statistics regarding which picking techniques are winners? Do quick picks win more often than handpicked numbers?

There are 26 red Powerballs so why aren't the odds of getting the Powerball 1 in 26 instead of 1 in 38 as shown on the "How to Play" section of the Powerball game page?

Is it true that the odds of winning the lottery are worse than being killed by lightning?

Is the payout for scratch tickets more or less than when the Lottery first started?

Why did you end my favorite scratch game when all of the top prizes haven’t been claimed?

Why is it that with odds of about 1 in 4, I can sometimes buy 10 tickets in a row and not get a winner?

Why isn't there a better payback on low-end winners, especially for lotto games?

Can I purchase lottery tickets from a retailer with a check, check card or debit card?

How long do I have to claim a prize I won?

Where do proceeds from the Lottery go?

How can I get funding through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund?

What happens to all of the prize money when someone forgets to cash a winning ticket?

How can I find out about unclaimed prizes?

Why does it seem like all the major prize winners are in the Twin Cities metro area?

I'm in a lottery pool at work. How many people can go together to claim a winning lottery prize?

What is the cutoff time to buy tickets for each night’s drawing?