Can an Illegal Immigrant Win the Lottery?

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According to The Blaze, a person must have a valid Social Security number in order to claim lottery winnings. In an example in an article on their website, an illegal immigrant who won the lottery was arranged to be deported after a failed scheme to claim his winnings.

As Discovery Education’s WebMATH explains, the probability of winning a substantial lottery prize is lower than a person’s odds of getting into a car accident, being in a plane crash or being struck by lightning. According to Forbes, the odds of winning the Mega Millions $500 million jackpot is less than one in 175 million.