I work at deli in an area populated by many Hispanics, majority being immigrants and not yet US citizens. many of them play the lottery such as Mega Millions and Powerball. which is pretty funny because most of them don't understand how to play. but anyways would happen if they won the lottery? would they be deported? would they get their money? I wonder about this everyday.

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TLDR: Yes, they would get their money and they might be deported.

Q. If someone here illegally were to win the Mega Million or Powerball lottery, can he or she get legal status?

Clement Blache, Jersey City, N.J.

A. An undocumented immigrant can collect lottery winnings, but it might not lead to legal status. Just being rich doesn’t guarantee you a green card. Unless the winner qualifies to interview in the United States for permanent residence, he or she will have a difficult path to getting legal status.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/winning-mega-million-lottery-guarantee-green-card-illegal-immigrant-article-1.1075661


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· 7y

Just being rich doesn’t guarantee you a green card.

...but it sure makes it a whole lot easier.


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· 7y · edited 7y

They would take their winnings and go back to their home country.


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· 7y

The person would probably give the ticket to a friend or relative they could trust who is also eligible to receive the winnings.


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· 7y

Navy seals would swoop in, a short citizenship q and a would occur. If they answered enough correctly they would get their American flag shirts and sunglasses and a big check, else they'd be shot in the face and deported.

Open to LEGAL residents of the U.S. is generally a condition. It would probably be voided.


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The lottery is only winnable by legal us residents. So either the immigrant would have to get their citizenship within 90 days of winning or have a legal citizen claim it for them and hope they don't split with the cash.

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State-run lotteries are only open to legal US residents only. So, their ticket would not be valid. It would be as if they just donated the price of the ticket to the lottery authority -- just like everyone who didn't have a winning ticket.


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