When playing US Powerball, all eyes are set on its mouth-watering top prize. But, here is a question that comes up any time we fancy the big win: how much tax will I have to pay if I win? The short answer is: if you win the US Powerball, you will have to pay federal and state taxes. The final amount you will cash depends on many factors: whether you are a US resident or not, in which state your ticket was purchased, which prize claiming option you chose, etc.
What Taxes Do You Pay if You Win the US Powerball?
In order to calculate the final amount you will get, you need to go through a few steps:
First of all, how much did you win?
- Prizes of $ 599.99 or less: No federal or state taxes apply. Powerball will award the full amount of the prize to the winner, whether they are a US resident or non-US resident.
- Prizes of $ 600 or more: Federal, state and local taxes apply. Their amount is different for residents and non-residents, also from state to state.
Are you a US resident?
- When US residents win the Powerball, they must pay a federal tax of 24%. To this, a state tax is added. Its amount depends on your state of residence, as detailed in the table below.
- When non-US residents win the Powerball, they have to pay the applicable taxes in the United States, as well as those applicable in their country of residence. In the United States, a federal rate of 30% is deducted for non-residents. State and local taxes then apply, depending on the specific state where the ticket was purchased.
|Arizona||4,8% for residents|
|6% for non-residents|
|Maryland||8,95% for residents|
|8% for non-residents|
|Mississippi||3% – 5%|
|New Hampshire||Not applicable|
|New Jersey||5% – 8%|
|Puerto Rico||Not applicable|
|South Dakota||Not applicable|
In which state was your ticket purchased?
There are states that do not apply an additional tax, other than the federal one, but there are others that apply an extra tax, which can range from 3% to 10.9%. The following table shows the different taxes that each state applies if the ticket was purchased within its jurisdiction.
Note that when you buy Powerball tickets online using lottery messenger services such as theLotter, you usually cannot pick the state where your ticket will be purchased.
How will you claim your US Powerball prize?
When you win the Powerball jackpot, you can decide if to get your money in one payment (lump sum), or in 30 payments spread over 29 years (annuity). The way to calculate taxes will be different depending on the choice you make.
For instance, if you decide to take the lump sum payout, a US Powerball jackpot advertised as $1.5 billion is really worth about $930 million. You will get the $1.5 billion only if you choose the annuity payment plan. When choosing the annuity option, you end up with more money over the long haul because the base amount—$930 million—accrues interest earned over an additional 29 years after the year in which you win. The money you haven’t pocketed yet, and which is invested for you.
What happens with Powerball prizes won online?
If a you play Powerball online, two situations can occur:
- Small prizes are paid directly to the user account that the player has created in the online lottery messaging service portal, after deducting the relevant taxes. Therefore, the prize will be added to the player’s virtual balance, which they can use to buy more lottery tickets, or transfer it to their bank account or preferred payment method.
- Large prizes – the way to calculate Powerball taxes does not change. The only difference is that, in this case, the winner may need to claim their prize personally, in the United States. For this, the online lottery messaging service through which you bought the ticket will advise you and provide all the necessary information. They could even pay for the trip to the United States, making it even easier to claim the prize.