Massachusetts State Lotteries Laws
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State lotteries are state-run games of chance that often include both scratch-off tickets and drawings. Lottery winners typically receive cash prizes. Massachusetts state lottery laws earmark a portion of lottery revenues for state funds and projects.
You can learn more about Massachusetts' state lottery laws in the following chart. For additional information, see the links at the end of this article or see Details on State Lottery Laws.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 10, sections 22 through 35 are known as the “state lottery law.”
Distribution of Lottery Revenue
Total revenue from the sale lottery tickets sold are divided as follows:
Additional Purpose of Lottery
The lottery commission is also authorized to conduct a lottery for the following reasons:
Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment
On prizes over $600, money may be seized if the winner owes back child support payments.
Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition
Lottery winners have one year to claim prizes. Any unclaimed money will be allocated in same manner as other lottery revenue.
Prohibited Related Activities
The following activities related to the Massachusetts lottery are prohibiting:
State law also restricts these individuals from purchasing lottery tickets or receiving prize money:
Penalties for these violations may include fines and imprisonment.
State laws are constantly changing and if you have additional questions about the Massachusetts state lottery, you may consider contacting a Massachusetts gaming attorney. If you have been charged with a crime related to the state lottery, you may want to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
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