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Originally posted by RFBurns
The states that have lotteries do not pay winnings out of any state funds or taxes. They simply collect the sales funds of the tickets and those funds are what is used to pay winnings.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
The lump sum is a better choice.. if your not going to waste it all (look up lottery winners who have been arrested for crimes after wasting all their winnings.. some funny stories).