With no one hitting all winning numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, the top prize has surged higher again.
Now at $495 million, the jackpot has been climbing since late December. And while the odds of winning it are stacked against players, the IRS — and often the state where you live — wastes no time getting at least a slice of every big lottery win.
“Winners are surprised by how much is withheld in taxes from the initial payment, and then how much more is owed when they file their taxes the following year,” said Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York.
“All of the numbers involved in these huge jackpots are staggering, and the taxes are no exception,” said Kurland, who helps big lottery winners navigate their windfall.