I know that revenue from official lotteries is often used for schools and other community or state projects, but do you think the state or other government agency should be reliant on such funds for those types of products? Here in the United States, the taxes on lottery winnings are quite high, in my opinion. The federal government collects up to 39.6%, depending on other factors, such as your income bracket, and on top of that, you will most likely also pay state taxes on those same winnings. Sweepstakes winnings are taxes as cash, whether they are actual cash, goods, or services. Those winnings are taxes as ordinary income by the Internal Revenue Service, and could push you into a higher tax bracket, thus increasing the amount you will have to pay. How are winnings taxes where you live? Have you ever won a prize large enough to affect your tax situation?