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How will I find out if I win?

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When you play the lottery online at theLotter, you don’t have to check lottery draw results yourself to see if you won prizes. We will notify you whenever you win with an automatic email. At the same time, your private account on theLotter will be updated and you will be able to view the draw details and your win in the Wins section. To find out about your win in the fastest way possible, sign up for theLotter’s FREE SMS winning alerts by clicking here.

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What are jackpot and locally taxed winnings?

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Your jackpot and non-jackpot winnings may be subject to local tax (tax deducted at source) before they can be transferred to you. In addition, you may be subject to local taxation based on your country of residence.

For more information about the tax requirements of the lotteries offered on our site, please visit our Lottery Tax Information page.

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What are secondary winnings?

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Prizes in a lottery draw other than a jackpot are considered secondary prizes. Each lottery has its own prize division setup, defining the prizes and odds for partial matches. Please note that secondary winnings may be subject to local tax (tax deducted at source) before they can be transferred to you. In addition, you may be subject to local taxation based on your country of residence.

For more information about the tax requirements of the lotteries offered on our site, please visit our Lottery Tax Information page.

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How do I receive my winnings?

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Secondary winnings will be transferred to your account after receipt of the prize from the official lottery operator. Some lotteries have different prize collection procedures. In these cases, Customer Service will guide you through the collection process until you receive your winnings. You may use your winnings for future participation in lottery draws or withdraw all, or part of the winnings with your designated payment method.

Jackpot winners may be required to collect the prize in person from the official lottery operator, in which case theLotter may choose to fly the winner there. If you are the winner of a major lottery prize you will be given information how to collect your prize.

Winners of non-cash prizes offered by lotteries and raffles will receive the monetary value of the prize.

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How can I use my win towards future participation?

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Secondary wins are transferred directly to your account after receipt of the prize from the official lottery operator. You will receive email notification when your wins are deposited in your account so that you can use them for future participation in lottery draws, or you can choose to withdraw them.

Your purchases on the site are debited first from your account's balance, and when your account's balance is not sufficient the remaining cost is charged against your default payment method.

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Do I have to expose my personal details if I win?

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If you win a lottery prize on tickets purchased at theLotter, non-identifying information (first name, first letter of your last name, and country of residence) will be automatically published in the Winners section on the homepage of our site. If you wish to cancel this display, please contact customer service. If you win a lottery jackpot, the requirements of the official lottery organisation apply.

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Is there any commission on my winnings?

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All winnings on lottery tickets purchased at theLotter are paid out commission-free, regardless of the amount. If you choose to withdraw your lottery wins via a bank transfer, a bank transfer fee from your bank may apply.

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Is there a tax requirement on my lottery winnings?

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Many countries pay out lottery wins tax free. For those countries that tax lottery wins, the rate varies widely.

theLotter is required to pay taxes on lottery wins in accordance with the laws of the country or state where the ticket was purchased.

You can find more information regarding the tax requirements for the lotteries we offer on the Lottery Info page for each individual lottery or our Lottery Taxes page. Please feel free to contact our customer support team with any questions regarding taxation.

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What happens when I win the jackpot?

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When you win the jackpot, we will immediately notify you and a member of our customer service will contact you directly to coordinate the collection of your prize. In the case of a jackpot win, theLotter may choose to pay your travel expenses to the location where the ticket was purchased. There, you will receive the ticket from our local office manager in the presence of theLotter's legal team and proceed to the official lottery organisation to collect your prize in person.

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What is the difference between annuity and lump sum?

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Certain lotteries offer jackpot winners a choice between receiving their prize as an annuity or as a cash lump sum payment. If you choose the annuity option, your prize will be paid out in instalments over a fixed number of years. If you request the cash lump sum option, you will receive the entire prize up front. Lump sum payments are less than the total amount given to a winner in annuity payments, with the amount varying according to lottery policy. In addition, some lottery prizes are taxed at source, so the take home prize will actually be much less than the advertised jackpot.

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Can I claim my jackpot prize anonymously?

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Some lotteries allow winners to remain completely anonymous, while others require some degree of public disclosure. For lotteries that require a winner to disclose their identity, it is often for transparency purposes. By making public the identities of winners, a lottery can show that the winners are real, have no connection to the lottery, and that all ticket holders have an equal chance of winning.

Below is the list of lotteries available on theLotter that allow jackpot winners to claim their prize anonymously:



































Winners who wish to remain anonymous for security reasons may be able to receive an exemption to a lottery's disclosure requirements.

Regardless of a lottery's specific disclosure requirements, theLotter will never disclose a winner's identity without their consent.

Winning a substantial amount of money has life changing implications and theLotter whole heartedly recommends that winners consult with financial and legal experts to fully prepare for and take advantage of their good fortune.

Please feel free to contact our customer support team with any questions regarding anonymity

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