Federal Tax Refund 2018
You may be eligible for a refund for a portion of federal income tax withheld if you received payment from the Lottery for a prize of $600 or more from January 1, 2018 through February 2, 2018.
Federal income tax rates for gambling withholdings decreased on January 1, 2018 from 25% to 24%. Because the IRS did not provide notification of this change until late January, the California State Lottery (Lottery) did not have the correct tax withholding rates programmed into its system until February 2, 2018. Depending on your residency status and the amount you won, you may be able to claim an income tax refund from the Lottery.
It is recommended you contact your tax professional before you request a refund from the Lottery. Depending on the amount of your win and your overall financial situation, you may receive a refund on your 2018 federal tax return or you may owe additional taxes to the IRS.
For more information, please contact the Lottery’s Tax Unit at 800-568-8379, press 2 and then press 6.