Sometimes new invetors need a push to get them going. It isn't a big thing to share our knowledge, unless you think you have never had a question when you were new to anything.
The check is in the mail, it arrives April 27 for holders of the stock prior to the ex dividend date..I think that was March 29th, thus you had to purchase it 3 business days before to be the holder of record.
You need to own the stock 3 days before ex dividend date. It takes 3 days to settle and show you as the owner for the broker. Remember it is shareholder of record on ex dividend date. I learned this the hard way.
It amazes me that the posters on here still haven't figured out the answer to that question. if we could sell the answer to : when do you have to own the stock to collect the div? , we wouldn't have to invest we would make enough money off selling the CORRECT answer. or if we made $1 off every incorrect post on here,concerning the Div date , we'd be richer still. Thrash Man