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How do I bring my lottery ticket to the retailer Maine?

Bringing a lottery ticket to a retailer in Maine to claim a prize or validate a winning ticket is a straightforward process, but there are some important steps to follow. When you win any amount on a Maine State Lottery scratch or draw game ticket, you’ll need to visit an authorized lottery retailer to claim your prize. This includes smaller prizes up to $600 as well as larger jackpot prizes. Here are the key things to know about bringing a winning lottery ticket to a retailer in Maine:

Check your ticket carefully

The first step is to closely examine your lottery ticket, front and back, to ensure it is a winner. Check the play area on scratch tickets to see if you’ve matched any of the winning combinations of symbols or numbers. For draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions, compare the numbers on your ticket to the winning number combinations from the lottery drawings. Also check the validation code on the back of your ticket. Make sure the ticket does not appear tampered with or forged in any way.

Sign the back of the ticket

Before bringing your winning lottery ticket to a retailer, sign the back of it. There is a signature line specifically for this purpose. This is an important security step to prevent someone else from trying to claim your prize. Make sure your signature is clear. You may also want to put your phone number and address on the back as well.

Locate an authorized Maine Lottery retailer

In Maine, lottery tickets can only be cashed in at authorized retailers throughout the state. You can find Maine Lottery retailers by looking for signs and decals indicating they sell lottery tickets. There are over 1,300 lottery agents located in convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores and other businesses. You can also use the retailer locator on the Maine Lottery website or mobile app to find the nearest location.

Present your signed ticket to the clerk

Take your signed winning lottery ticket to the clerk at the lottery retailer and let them know you’d like to cash it in. They will scan the barcode on the ticket using the lottery terminal. This will instantly confirm whether it is a winning ticket and the amount of the prize. The clerk may ask for your I.D. for verification purposes before paying out any prize over $50.

Receive your prize amount

If your lottery ticket is validated as a winner, the clerk will pay out the prize amount you have won in cash right there at the store. For larger jackpot prizes over $5,000, the retailer may give you a check for the winnings instead of cash. Make sure to get a receipt documenting your win from the retailer. You should immediately sign the back of the receipt as well for your records.

Lottery prizes over $5,000

For lottery prizes over $5,000 in Maine, you will need to claim your winnings directly at Maine Lottery headquarters in Augusta instead of at a local retailer. Prizes over $5,000 can still be validated at retailers but full payment must be done through the Lottery headquarters. Call or visit the Maine Lottery office to make an appointment to complete the verification and claims process for larger prizes. Proper identification and your winning ticket will be required.

Rules for Claiming Lottery Prizes in Maine

When you win a lottery prize in Maine, there are some important rules to follow in order to properly claim your winnings:

Prize claims time limits

Winning draw game tickets like Powerball or MegaMillions are valid for one year from the date of the drawing on the ticket. Winning scratch game tickets remain valid for one year after the announced end-of-game date for that particular instant game. Make sure to cash in your winning tickets before these expiration dates.

Anonymity policy

Maine does allow lottery winners to remain anonymous if they so choose for prizes over $5,000. You can form a trust and claim through the trust to keep your identity private. For smaller prizes under $5,000 paid at retailers, you cannot remain anonymous.

Taxes on winnings

For prizes over $5,000, the Maine Lottery will withhold federal and state tax amounts from Powerball, MegaMillions and other lottery game payouts. You will receive a W2-G form reporting your winnings and withholdings. Consult a tax professional to ensure proper reporting and payment of any additional taxes owed.

Proper identification

To claim a Maine Lottery prize, you must be able to present proper identification. This includes government-issued photo ID like a driver’s license, passport or military ID. The name and address on your photo ID should match the information on your winning lottery ticket and claim form.

One claimant per ticket

The Maine Lottery will only pay each winning ticket once, regardless of how many individuals may have contributed to the purchase of a ticket. Determine who will officially claim the prize and have them sign the back of the ticket. For winning tickets claimed through a trust or entity, required documentation must be provided.

Tips for Claiming Prizes Smoothly

Follow these tips when redeeming your winning lottery ticket in Maine to ensure the prize claims process goes smoothly:

Validate ticket first

Before heading to Maine Lottery headquarters to claim a large jackpot or top prize, you may want to first validate the ticket through an authorized lottery retailer. This will confirm it is really a winner before you make the trip to Augusta.

Claim larger prizes in person

While you can claim lottery prizes up to $599 by mail, it’s recommended to claim prizes of $600 or more in person at Lottery headquarters. This avoids any issues with lost or stolen tickets.

Bring required documentation

When claiming prizes over $5,000 or through a trust, make sure to have the proper documentation on hand, such as a photo ID, Social Security card and any trust or entity formation papers. This will speed up the verification and payment process.

Cash ticket before expiration

Don’t let your winning lottery ticket expire! Make sure to check the claim expiration date and cash in your ticket well in advance, especially for large jackpot prizes that involve more extensive claims procedures.

Fill out claim form completely

Provide all required information on your Maine Lottery claim form carefully, clearly and completely to avoid any delays in processing and payment. Make sure your name, address and Social Security number are accurate.

What To Do If You Lose Your Winning Ticket

While you should make every effort to keep your winning lottery ticket in a safe place, there is always the chance it could become lost or accidentally destroyed. Here is what to do if you lose your winning Maine Lottery ticket:

Look everywhere carefully

Thoroughly retrace your steps and search everywhere you may have stored or taken your ticket. Check coat pockets, wallets, purses, glove compartments, and anywhere else it could be. Often tickets get misplaced in the excitement after a win.

Contact the selling retailer

If you have a general idea of where you purchased your now lost winning ticket, contact that lottery retailer if it is one you frequent. They can review transaction records from the timeframe when you think the ticket was purchased there. This may help provide confirmation details needed to claim your prize.

File a claim form

You can complete a Lost Ticket Claim Form through the Maine Lottery providing any details you can about the missing ticket. This is still considered a valid claim but can take longer to process and verify without the actual ticket for confirmation. Additional proof and paperwork may be required for the Lottery to validate and pay a lost ticket claim.

Report stolen tickets

If you believe your winning lottery ticket was stolen from you, immediately file a police report on the theft. This official documentation will be important for pursuing your claim even without the physical ticket. Be prepared to also provide affidavits describing the alleged theft.

Offer a reward

For especially valuable winning tickets, you may want to offer a reward for its return if you suspect someone may have taken it. This could provide incentive for the ticket to be turned in to authorities or the Lottery. Just make sure to notify the Lottery you intend to offer a reward amount for a lost or stolen ticket.

Where to Play Maine Lottery Games

There are over 1,300 retailers across the state of Maine that are authorized sellers of lottery games. Here are some of the best places to purchase your lottery tickets and claim prizes:

Convenience Stores

Many convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Cumberland Farms, Big Apple and others all around Maine offer lottery ticket sales. This makes convenience stores very popular and convenient places to play the lottery when you are already stopping in to pick up other items.

Gas Stations

Gas stations like Shell, Exxon, Sunoco, Gulf and others commonly sell lottery tickets in Maine. You can easily purchase lottery tickets when filling up your gas tank. Key Gas Stations, in particular, have numerous locations statewide and are a leading lottery retailer.

Grocery Stores

Grocery stores like Hannaford, Shaw???s and others provide lottery sales statewide. When doing your regular food shopping, you can also buy your lottery tickets at many supermarkets in Maine.

General Stores

Local general stores are common lottery retailers given their smaller size and focus on convenience items. Stores like Union General or Searsmont General Store offer lottery options in their respective towns and regions.

Maine Turnpike Plazas

For those traveling along I-95 in Maine, lottery vending machines and sales counters are available at the Kennebunk Service Plaza, Cumberland Farms, West Gardiner Service Plaza and other convenient Turnpike stop locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim my Maine lottery ticket in another state?

No, winning Maine Lottery tickets can only be redeemed within the state of Maine through authorized retailers or Lottery headquarters located in Augusta. Tickets must be claimed in the state where they were originally purchased.

What are the retailer fees for cashing winning tickets?

Authorized lottery retailers in Maine may charge a fee of up to 5% of the prize amount for redeeming winning tickets with prizes under $600. Prizes $600 and over can only be claimed through Maine Lottery headquarters, not retailers.

Do I have to be a Maine resident to play the lottery?

No, you do not have to be a resident of Maine to purchase or claim lottery prizes. Tickets can be purchased and cashed by anyone over 18, resident or not. Proper identification is required for winning ticket validation and tax purposes.

Can I claim my lottery prize anonymously?

For lottery prizes over $5,000, you can choose to claim your winnings anonymously in Maine by forming a trust and claiming through the trust. This keeps your identity private as the public winner. Prizes under $5,000 claimed at retailers cannot remain anonymous.

What are common reasons lottery prizes are denied?

The most frequent reasons lottery prizes are denied when claimed are: expired ticket, unsigned ticket, ticket fails validation, underage player, altered ticket, taxes owed, ticket reported stolen and ticket already claimed. Make sure you sign your ticket and cash it in during the valid claim period.


Claiming your lottery winnings in Maine requires following some important steps, but overall the process is designed to be consumer-friendly. By signing your ticket, locating an authorized lottery retailer, providing proper ID and meeting required claim deadlines, you can smoothly complete redemption and receive your lottery prize payout. Taking key precautions, like not losing your valuable ticket, also ensures you will be able to successfully claim any lottery rewards you win. With over a thousand retailer locations statewide, cashing in your winning Powerball, MegaMillions or scratch ticket is convenient whether you are a tourist visiting or local Maine resident. If you responsibly play the lottery games of your choice and luck results in a major jackpot or top prize, the Maine Lottery has an efficient system for getting your winnings into your hands quickly.