# Frequent question: What happens if I win the Powerball?

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## How long does it take to get your money if you win the Powerball?

When you win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot, there is a 15-day waiting period between the draw date and when the jackpot will be paid out, as money from ticket sales needs to be collected in order to pay out the jackpot.

## Do I win anything if I get the Powerball?

The Powerball – \$4

If your Powerball matches the one that is drawn you will get your \$2 ticket purchase back and a couple bucks more, for a total of \$4. The odds of your ticket matching only the Powerball is 1 in 38.

## Can you give family money if you win the lottery?

Each person can give away, during life or at death, a certain amount of property before the tax kicks in. … So by claiming the lottery winnings as a family partnership, a winner can claim that they are not making a taxable gift, because it was a family investment. This could save millions in gift taxes.

## How much would you get after taxes if you won a million dollars?

Let’s say you win a \$1 million jackpot. If you take the lump sum today, your total federal income taxes are estimated at \$370,000 figuring a tax bracket of 37%.

Minimizing Lottery Jackpot Taxes.

Total Winnings \$1,000,000 \$1,000,000
Winnings Received Over 20 Years \$630,000 \$780,000

## Do you win money if you have 5 numbers in Powerball?

Match all 5 white numbers only — \$1 million. Match 4 out of 5 white numbers + Powerball — \$50,000. Match 4 white numbers only — \$100. Match 3 white numbers + Powerball — \$100.

## Can you win Powerball without powerplay?

The only exception is the Match 5 prize of \$1 million, which becomes \$2 million for Power Play ticket holders, no matter which number is drawn. You add Power Play when you buy a Powerball ticket by checking the box on your playslip and paying an additional \$1 per line.

## Should I tell my family I won the lottery?

Right now only seven states allow lottery winners to maintain their anonymity: Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and South Carolina. And six states also allow people to form a trust to claim prize money anonymously. California entirely forbids lottery winners to remain anonymous.

## What is the first thing you do when you win the lottery?

Take a deep breath and take your time.

You have a set amount of time to turn in your ticket, so don’t run off to the lottery office first thing the next morning. Let yourself calm down, and then set to work carefully forming your team and plans before you contact the lottery officials.

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## Do lottery winners go broke?

In fact some lottery winners have experienced bankruptcy, divorce, prison time and have even been murdered. Experts say if you win and don’t contact a reputable tax professional and a reputable investment adviser, you could land yourself in big financial trouble.

## How much of the lottery do you actually get?

Before you see a dollar of lottery winnings, the IRS will take 25%. Up to an additional 13% could be withheld in state and local taxes, depending on where you live. Still, you’ll probably owe more when taxes are due, since the top federal tax rate is 37%.