Quick Answer: Can I Use Lottery Tickets As A Tax Deduction?


Gambling losses are indeed tax deductible, but only to the extent of your winnings.

This requires you to report all the money you win as taxable income on your return.

However, the deduction for your losses is only available if you itemize your deductions.

Can scratch off tickets be used as a tax write off?

Yes, scratch off tickets can count as gambling losses – but there is a catch. First, you cannot deduct them without claiming any winnings. For tax purposes, you can only deduct losses up to the amount of your winnings. Secondly, they are part of your itemized deductions.

How do you claim lottery tickets on taxes?

To claim lotto ticket losses on your taxes, first, you will have to be eligible to itemize. If your total gambling losses – plus all of your other itemized expenses – exceed the standard deduction for your filing status, only then would you itemize.

Are gambling losses deductible 2018?

While miscellaneous deductions subject to the 2% of adjusted gross income floor are not allowed for 2018 through 2025 under the TCJA, the deduction for gambling losses isn’t subject to that floor. So gambling losses are still deductible.

How do you pay taxes on lottery winnings?

So the lotto corporation will not provide W-2G forms for small amounts such as a $20 scratch-off winner. But the IRS does consider that taxable income and expects it to be on the tax form. Use Form 1040, the U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, and report your total lottery winnings on Line 21 under “Other Income.”