BCLC extends prize claim deadlines in response to COVID disruptions

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has given lottery players an additional six months to claim prizes for tickets that have an expiry date between March 17 2020 and September 17 2020.

Players who purchase lottery tickets for draw-based games typically have up to one year from the date of the draw to claim their prize, however, this has now been extended as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The expiry-date extension applies to all national lottery draw-based games (Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max and Daily Grand) and all B.C. draw-based lottery games (Keno, BC/49, BC50/50, Poker Lotto and Pacific Hold’Em Poker). 

In addition to this, the six-month prize-claim extension also applies to all Scratch & Win tickets that have an expiry on the back of the ticket between the relevant dates. 

With this being said, the original 12-month expiration date remains for draw-based and Scratch & Win lottery tickets where the expiry date does not fall within March 17, 2020 to September 17, 2020.

A statement made by the BCLC read: “BCLC and the other Canadian provincial lottery jurisdictions that comprise the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation have made these changes in recognition that physical-distancing requirements to help stop the spread of COVID-19 may affect our players’ ability to claim prizes. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, BCLC encourages players to put their health and safety first by following the Provincial Health Officer’s directions. Lottery tickets are conveniently available online at PlayNow.com or on the iOS version of the BCLC Lotto! app.”

For more information on prize-claim options visit: https://lotto.bclc.com/claim-a-prize.html or call BCLC Customer Support at: 1-866-815-0222.