Players of Rhode Island Lottery games must be 18 years or older to buy or redeem tickets, which can be purchased at retailers throughout the state.
Of the money generated by Rhode Island's lottery games, 67.9% is returned to players in the form of prizes, and 18.3% is put back into the state's General Fund, used for human services, education, general government, public safety and natural resources and the Distressed Communities Relief Fund.
Prizes of $599 and less can be redeemed at any Rhode Island Lottery retailer. Prizes more than $599 must be claimed at the lottery headquarters in Cranston.
Winners have 1 year after the date of the draw in which to make their prize claim. All money from unclaimed prizes is directed to the state's General Fund.
Rhode Island Lottery advise that as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, plus write your name, address and social security number. Without these actions anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.
Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, for prizes more than $5,000 won by US citizens Rhode Island Lottery must withhold 25% for Federal Income taxes. Additionally, for prizes over $5,000, a 7% state tax is withheld. All prizes over $600 must be reported to Inland Revenue.