Social security winning lottery reporting

Asked almost 2 years ago - Spokane, WA

I won a semi-large amount of money from the state lottery will i lose my benefits for winning this money

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    Answered . Social Security is an insurance program. Workers pay premiums though payroll taxes for benefits later available to the worker, dependents, and survivors. Social Security benefits are not affected by other financial circumstances. If it happens that your benefits are through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which is a means-tested welfare program also administered by the Social Security Administration, the answer would be otherwise.

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    Answered . Attorney Sinclair and Attorney Farrell have provided excellent answers.

    If you are receiving SSI benefits you may wish to speak with an attorney in your area to discuss your benefits, the amount that you won from the lottery and if there are any expenses that you may be able to pay (housing, etc) that may lessen the "burden" on your benefits. Please use the "find a lawyer" feature, above, or visit for additional assistance in locating an attorney in your area.


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    Answered . If your benefits are SSDI - Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, then no. If you get SSI - Supplemental Security Income benefits, then you could lose part or all of your monthly check.

    SSDI is based on taxes you paid when you were able to work. You can be a millionaire or win the lottery and still get SSDI. SSI is need based and if you won any money (large or small) you must reoport it to Social Security

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