If are a illegal alien in the united states and you buy a california lottery ticket and win, will they pay you?

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Question by joe f: If are a illegal alien in the united states and you buy a california lottery ticket and win, will they pay you?
do you have to be legal in the US to claim a winning lotto ticket

Best answer:

Answer by Azzman0bama
no, but send me your winning ticket and I’ll be happy to help you out.

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  1. Yes you must be a resident of the U.S.

  2. Just get a lawyer; they lie for money pretty reliably

  3. 1) Yes
    2) No. But if you ar worried, hire a lawyer to present your ticket to the lottery people.

  4. You will be paid if you present the winning ticket. Your residency or legal status is of no consequence to the Lottery. Illegals have already been paid out in California.

    Other states have different rules.

  5. Sure, just go and collect your money !

  6. Yes, to claim your winnings all you need is the winning ticket and valid ID. I remember reading about several illegal aliens winning big prizes. You don’t have to be a legal resident to play, in fact illegal aliens are a large majority of the players.

    I also remember reading about a common lottery scam. A person will approach someone with a bogus ticket claiming to be a prize winner. They tell their mark they’re in the country illegally so they can’t claim the prize. However he or she is willing to sell them their winning ticket if they pay a percentage of it’s value.

    The mark buys the ticket thinking he’s scored a bargain, then they try to claim the prize with the phony ticket and find out its a fake.

    This use to happen quite often in the early days of the state lottery program but not so much now that the word is out.

  7. So far, yes, but then they can be deported. However, a lot of states are taking a very close look at that. For instance, in North Carolina you cannot claim a lottery prize unless you can present a Social Security card. They need to make that the law everywhere.