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FAQ'S

Where can a player find the winning numbers?

Winning draw numbers are available from:

  • Most daily newspapers on the day after the draw
  • Many TV newscasts on draw nights
  • Lottery retailers
  • Lottery's website www.lottery.nd.gov
  • Call the Lottery's player hotline at (701) 328-1111

Where can I buy tickets?

The Lottery has over 400 licensed retailers across the state - Look for the Lottery jackpot sign in the store window. If a retailer is open for business and at the retailer's discretion, a ticket can be purchased seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. CT. Locations (PDF)

How long after the drawing do I have to claim my prize?

The prize claim period is 180 days from the draw date.

What happens to unclaimed prizes?

All unclaimed prizes are retained by the Lottery and ultimately transferred to the state general fund.

How old do I have to be to play the Lottery?

Players must be at least 18 years of age to purchase and/or redeem lottery tickets.

How old does a retail clerk need to be to sell lottery tickets?

Any employee, regardless of age, may sell a lottery ticket.

Does it matter what order the numbers are drawn?

No. The numbers on the tickets are always printed in ascending order because it is the easiest way for players to compare their tickets to the winning numbers. If the ticket has a winning combination of the numbers that were drawn, it's a winner!

Can I use a check or debit card to buy a lottery ticket?

This is at the discretion of each retailer. Depending on store policy, the retailer may allow a check or debit card for the purchase of tickets, limit the number of tickets purchased, or decline to accept a check or debit card. A credit card cannot be used to buy lottery tickets.

Can a ticket be canceled?

No.

What happens if I lose my ticket?

The Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Unless a ticket is signed, anyone who redeems it can claim the prize. A player should sign the back of the ticket immediately upon purchase.

Are state and federal taxes withheld on a prize?

Federal law requires that the Lottery report winnings of $600 or more to the IRS. Federal income tax of 25% and state income tax of 3.22% are withheld from any prize over $5,000. Other IRS withholding provisions may apply.

Where does the money go?

The breakdown of each $1 Lottery ticket is:

  • Prizes Expense - 51%
  • Contracted Services - 9%
  • Retailer Commissions - 5%
  • Advertising/Marketing Expense - 2%
  • Administrative/Operating Expense - 4%
  • Compulsive Gambling Prevention and Treatment Fund - 1%
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Grant Fund - 1%
  • Prize Reserve Pools - 1%
  • State General Fund - 26%

Where can I claim my prize?

A prize of $599 or less may be claimed at a lottery retailer.

A prize of $600 or more must be paid by the Lottery. A player may present the player's prize winning ticket in person at the Lottery's office located at 1050 E Interstate Ave, suite 200, Bismarck, ND between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please arrive at the Lottery no later than 4:30 p.m. to allow adequate time to process your check.

A player may also download and print a Prize Claim Form (PDF) or pick up a form from a lottery retailer, complete and sign the form, and send it along with the signed winning ticket to:

North Dakota Lottery
PO Box 204
Bismarck, ND 58502-0204

Please send a copy of your ID along with the Prize Claim Form and winning ticket.

The risk of mailing a ticket remains with the player. Registered mail is recommended.

How can a group Claim Your Prize?

Along with presenting the signed winning ticket, all members of a group claiming a shared prize must:

WHY ARE THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER REQUIRED FOR A SUBSCRIPTION?

  • Due to updates to the Subscription service, subscribers are now required to enter the last four digits of their Social Security Number on all subscription applications. This information is used only for "Identity Verification", which refers to the process by which the information collected from the subscriber is compared against public records to verify the subscriber exists, is a resident of North Dakota and is 18 years of age or older.

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PROBLEM GAMBLING

What should a player do if the player has a compulsive behavior to gamble? Call the HELPLINE in North Dakota at 2-1-1 or contact Gamblers Anonymous or GamblerND

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