As soon as you present your winning lottery ticket, the process should begin. After that, it can take from one week to several months to get your first payment. You may be required to take several payments.How long after winning the lottery do you get the money?
In either case, the lump sum or first annuity payment is not sent until at least 15 days from the date of the winning drawing. This waiting period is due to the fact that the company that runs Mega Millions requires two weeks to receive wire transfers of the lottery funds from the 45 participating jurisdictions.