Some years ago I wrote a novella (in response to a specific request) in which the protagonist had magical help in choosing lottery numbers in order to finance a specific project while flying under the radar.
In the UK, lottery winnings are tax free and small to medium prizes can be claimed at retail outlets without supplying identity. The protagonist won several medium-sized prizes with tickets bought and redeemed at retail outlets far and wide so as to avoid notice.
I have an idea for a story in which the protagonist successfully uses maths to predict the lottery, only cashing in prizes which do not require identification.
Would this scenario work outside the UK. In America, for example, is identity required to claim lesser prizes, and would there be any tax implications?