The city of Dayton recently sent more than 300 letters to Ohio lottery winners to try to collect the unpaid taxes owed on their winnings.
The city has identified unpaid taxes on lottery prizes dating back to 2014 and has already collected $35,000 since October when the initiative began, officials said.
“Our path to progress next year is to continue our very proactive tax collection efforts,” said LaShea Lofton, Dayton’s finance director.
About 9,000 customers from the city of Dayton have won prizes of $600 or more since 2014, said Marie Kilbane, Ohio Lottery spokesperson.
Lottery prizes are considered income, and the Ohio Lottery reports all winnings of $600 or more to the Internal Revenue Service, Kilbane said.
The state sends people who win lottery prizes of $600 or more tax forms to report their winnings on their tax returns, the lottery said.
The Ohio Lottery withholds a 25 percent federal tax and 4 percent state tax for prizes of more than $5,000, but winners may owe additional taxes, officials said.
Not all municipalities tax lottery winnings. However, “customers should contact their local municipality to see if lottery winnings are taxed and take care of any reporting requirements,” according to the state lottery.