The CT Lottery began selling tickets in 1972, and in the period to 2008, has contributed nearly $6.4 billion back into the Connecticut government coffers. In the 2009 fiscal year players won $604.7 million in prizes, and $283 million was given to the Connecticut state government, funding public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.
Winners have 180 days after the date of the draw in which to make their prize claim. Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, CT Lottery must notify the Internal Revenue Service of prizes of $5,000 or more, plus withhold 25% for Federal Income taxes. Additionally, CT Lottery withholds 6.5% for Connecticut state tax, which is required on all Connecticut lottery winnings regardless of state residency, which is required on all Connecticut lottery winnings regardless of state residency.
Prizes of $599 and less can be redeemed at any CT Lottery retailer, while prizes over $5,000 or less can be redeemed at of the High-Tier Claim Centers, located at West Haven, Norwalk and Waterbury. Prizes over $5,000 must be redeemed at CT Lottery's Rocky Hill headquarters.
It is advisable as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket to complete the information requested on the back of the ticket, as if tickets are unsigned anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.