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Technical Information Release  TIR 79-6: Income Taxation Of Gambling Winnings

Date: 12/19/1979
Referenced Sources: Massachusetts General Laws

Personal Income Tax

Prizes received by Massachusetts residents from the Massachusetts lottery or from lotteries, raffles, races, beano or other events of chance, are includible in Massachusetts gross income and are taxable at the rate of five percent (5%) plus surcharge.

Winnings are taxable in the year the taxpayer receives or has a right to receive the money.

Example: A Massachusetts resident who wins the "Big Money Game" million dollar lottery in 1979 as is entitled to receive $50,000 in 1979 and in each of the following nineteen years must include $ 50,000 in his taxable income for 1979 and $50,000 in each subsequent year in which he receives winnings.

Gambling winnings received by nonresidents are not includible in Massachusetts gross income, unless connected with their trade or business carried on in the Commonwealth.

/s/L. Joyce Hampers
Commissioner of Revenue


December 19, 1979

TIR 79-6

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