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How to claim lottery prize money in Nagaland State lottery?

Winning the lottery is an exciting event that can change your life forever. However, claiming the prize money involves following certain procedures laid down by the Nagaland State Lotteries. Failing to follow the proper process can lead to unnecessary delays or even forfeiture of the prize money. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to claim lottery prize money if you win any of the Nagaland State lotteries.

Check ticket validity

The first step is to check whether your lottery ticket is valid and has won a prize. Each Nagaland State lottery ticket has a unique serial number printed on it. You can check the list of winning ticket numbers published in the official state lottery gazette or announced online to see if your ticket number matches. The lottery results are generally announced within a few hours of the draw. If your ticket number features in the winning list, you have a genuine claim over the prize money.

Apart from the serial number, also check the following details printed on the lottery ticket:

  • Name of the lottery
  • Date and time of draw
  • Price of the ticket
  • Prize money

Only tickets that are fully intact, not mutilated, and easily readable are considered valid. Make sure your ticket fulfills all the above conditions before proceeding with the prize claim process.

Decide on the prize money claim process

Nagaland State Lotteries offer two options to collect lottery prize money:

  1. Prize money claim form: You can download the lottery prize claim application form from the official state lottery website or collect it from an authorized lottery retailer. Fill it with your personal details, bank account details, and submit it along with the winning ticket and other KYC documents at the lottery office for verification. Once the claim is verified, the prize money will be transferred to your bank account through an account payee cheque or direct transfer within 30 days.
  2. Prize money claim in person: For very large prize amounts, you may have to visit the lottery office in person along with your winning ticket and valid ID proof. The lottery officials will verify your claim and initiate the prize payout procedure. You may get the prize money through account payee cheque or direct bank transfer at the time of visiting the office.

Ensure you carry out the KYC verification mandated by the lottery officials to avoid procedural delays. For prize amounts above Rs 10 lakhs, income tax at source will be deducted before disbursement.

Documents required for prize claim

You need to submit certain documents along with the lottery ticket to prove your identity and bank details while claiming the prize. The main documents required are:

  • Prize claim application form
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Copy of PAN card
  • Address proof (Aadhaar card/voter ID/driving license/passport etc)
  • Photocopy of bank passbook/cancelled cheque
  • Income tax returns (for large prize amounts)

Make sure you carry originals as well as self-attested photocopies when visiting the lottery office for prize claim. The documents should match the information provided in the application form.

Fill the prize claim application form correctly

The lottery prize claim application form requires you to provide the following information correctly:

  • Your full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email ID (if available)
  • Bank name and branch
  • Bank account number
  • IFSC code
  • Winning ticket details (lottery name, draw date, ticket number etc)

Fill out the application form in capital letters. Any mistake can hold up the verification and prize money disbursement process. You may have to submit a fresh application if there are major errors.

Affix passport size photos

Attach two recent passport size photographs in the space provided on the prize claim form. Make sure the photos are as per specifications and clear. The photos will be matched with your identity proof during verification.

Provide income tax returns for large prizes

For lottery prizes above Rs 10 lakhs, you may have to submit income tax return documents of the last 2-3 assessment years. This will be required to ascertain the tax liability on the prize money. Ensure you carry the ITR acknowledgement documents when visiting the lottery office.

Attest supporting documents

Take photocopies of documents like PAN card, Aadhaar, address proof etc and get them self-attested before submitting along with the prize claim application. The originals will also need to be presented for verification.

Visit lottery office for biometric verification

For facilitating biometric verification and processing prize claims efficiently, the Directorate of Nagaland State Lotteries has set up a Public Service Centre at its Kohima office. Claimants have to visit this centre with all the required documents and get their biometrics captured. This one-time activity will register your credentials and speed up future prize claims if you win another lottery.

Biometric verification is done through iris scan and fingerprints. Make sure you visit the lottery office in person as biometric details cannot be shared by a representative. Appointing an agent for prize claim is also not allowed. You have to complete the verification process by yourself.

Required documents

Carry the following documents when visiting the Public Service Centre for biometric verification:

  • Aadhaar card
  • PAN card
  • Bank passbook
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Winning lottery ticket

Once your biometrics are captured, you will be provided an acknowledgement slip. This slip has to be submitted along with the prize claim application during subsequent visits or while claiming prizes through post.

Representative cannot undertake verification

As per lottery rules, only the prize winner can undertake biometric verification at the lottery office. Relatives or representatives cannot complete this process on behalf of the claimant even if they carry an authorization letter. Make sure you visit in person for a smooth verification experience.

Submitting prize claim by post

If you are unable to visit the Nagaland lottery office in person, you can submit the prize claim by registered post/speed post. Follow these steps for claiming via post:

  1. Fill the lottery prize claim application form correctly with all details.
  2. Affix passport photos and sign across them.
  3. Enclose self-attested copies of KYC documents.
  4. Attach original winning lottery ticket.
  5. Enclose biometric verification slip (obtained during earlier visit).
  6. Send by registered post with acknowledgement to lottery office address printed on ticket.

Always opt for courier services like speed post that offer tracking facility. Once the lottery office verifies your claim, the prize money will be disbursed to your bank account within 30 days.

Track status regularly

Keep tracking the status of your posted prize claim on a regular basis. Follow up with the lottery office in case there are any delays or discrepancies in processing of your application.

Communicate address/bank details change

Inform the lottery office immediately if there is any change in your address or bank account details after submitting the claim. This will ensure prize money is disbursed correctly to your account.

Collect prize money cheque/draft

On successful verification of your lottery prize claim, the Nagaland State Lottery will issue an account payee cheque or bank demand draft in your name for the winning amount. You can collect the cheque/draft from the lottery office by:

  • Visiting in person and submitting identification documents
  • Sending an authorized representative with identification proof and authorization letter

Ensure you deposit the cheque/draft into your bank account within the validity period. Follow up with the lottery office in case there are any issues with encashing the instrument.

Check for accuracy

Verify all the details printed on the cheque/draft before leaving the lottery office. These include:

  • Your name
  • Bank name
  • Branch
  • IFSC code
  • Amount
  • Instrument date
  • Validity

Check for any errors or outdated information. Get corrections made in case there are any discrepancies in details.

Submit identification proof

Carry your Aadhaar card or PAN card as identification proof at the time of collecting cheque/draft. Submit a copy to lottery officials for their records.

Authorize a representative

If unable to collect the prize cheque/draft personally, you can authorize a representative through a letter. The representative must carry their own ID proof as well as a copy of your identification document.

Deposit cheque/draft before validity lapses

Ensure you deposit the account payee cheque or demand draft into your bank account as soon as possible. There is a validity period of 3 months from the date of issue. The instrument will get invalid if not encashed within validity.

You have to visit the lottery office again and submit an application for reissuing the cheque/draft if you miss encashing it during the validity period. This will lead to unnecessary delays in obtaining your prize money.

Confirm bank account details

Before depositing the cheque/draft, re-confirm the bank details – account number, IFSC code, branch address match your account details. Any minor mismatch can lead to encashment failure and payment return.

Track status after deposit

After depositing the instrument, track its status closely for clearance/encashment. Follow up immediately with your bank in case there are any issues in credit of funds to avoid last minute hassles.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get lottery prize money after claiming?

The Nagaland State Lottery officials aim to disburse prize money within 30 days of claim submission. However, the actual time taken may vary based on verification, processing procedures and workload at the lottery office.

Can I claim lottery prize through post without visiting office?

For first time claims, you have to visit the Nagaland lottery office in person for biometric verification. After registration of your biometrics, subsequent claims can be submitted via post along with the verification slip.

Is prize claim possible after ticket lapses validity?

Lottery tickets are valid for a period of 30 days from the draw date. Any prize claims beyond this period will not be entertained. Make sure you claim the prize before the ticket lapses validity.

Do I need to deduct TDS on lottery prize money?

Income tax at source @30% will be deducted on lottery prize amounts exceeding Rs 10,000. For prizes above Rs 10 lakhs, you may have to provide income tax returns and PAN details.

Can I appoint an agent for collecting lottery prize cheque?

You cannot appoint any agent or middleman for prize claim purpose as per lottery regulations. Only you or your authorized representative can collect the cheque after following due process.

What if I lose the original winning ticket?

The original ticket has to be mandatorily submitted to claim lottery prize. In case you lose it, immediately contact the lottery office and submit a Lost Ticket Affidavit. Only on proper verification, duplicate ticket may be issued to claim prize.

How to check originality of prize winning ticket?

Check for the Nagaland State Lottery logo and authorized signature on the ticket along with series details, serial number, prize winning mark etc. Contact the lottery office to ascertain veracity of winning ticket.


Winning a lottery prize is gratifying but claiming the prize money requires meticulous compliance of rules. Scrutinize your ticket properly, gather all essential documents, fill the claim form accurately and complete verification requirements to avoid procedural delays. Be very careful at every step as minor errors can hold up your prize claim significantly.

Maintain constant communication with Nagaland lottery officials during the claim process for smooth progress. Do not hesitate to seek clarification or assistance from them whenever required. Follow up regularly for status updates. With systematic adherence to the step-by-step claims process, you will be able to encash your prize money in time.