Players of Kansas Lottery games must be 18 years or older to buy or redeem tickets, which can be purchased at retailers throughout the state.
In the 2009 fiscal year, Kansas Lottery sold $230.5 million in tickets, of which 45% was returned to players in the form of prizes, while $68.2 million was generated for the state, put toward economic development initiatives, prison construction and maintenance projects, local juvenile detention facilities, problem gambling assistance, and the State General Fund.
Prizes of less than $599 can be redeemed at any Iowa Lottery retailer, the Great Bend regional lottery office, the Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka, or by mailing the ticket, signed and addressed on the back, to the Iowa Lottery head office. A claim form is required for prizes of $50 or more claimed at a lottery office, whether in person or by mail.
Prizes from $600 to $5,000 need to be accompanied by a claim form, and mailed or taken to the Great Bend or Topeka offices. Be sure if mailing your ticket to photocopy it, and any claim form, both front and back, for your records. Prizes over $5,000 must be claimed at a Kansas Lottery office, either in person or by mail.
If you're lucky enough to win a Hot Lotto or Powerball jackpot prize, you have 60 days to decide whether to take the prize as a lump sum or annuity. Typically, the lump sum prize would be approximately half the amount of the announced jackpot, less taxes. If jackpot winners don't let Kansas Lottery know of their decision within the 60 days, the prize will be paid as an annuity.
Winning tickets will cause a musical tune to play when validated by the lottery terminal. Be sure to ask for a copy of your validated ticket.
Kansas Lottery advise that as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, as if tickets are unsigned anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.
Winners have 1 year after the date of the draw in which to make their prize claim. Unclaimed cash prizes are kept by the Kansas Lottery, and are used to fund prizes.
Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, for prizes more than $5,000 Kansas Lottery must withhold 25% for Federal Income taxes. Additionally, for prizes over $600, 5% State Tax is withheld.