BCLC Extends Game Prize Claims Deadline

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has provided a further six months to lottery players to collect game prizes that have an expiry date between March 17, 2020 and September 17, 2020.

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

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

Besides this, the six-month prize-claim extension also extends to all Scratch & Win tickets which have an expiry between the applicable dates on the back of the ticket.

Having said that, the initial 12-month expiry date remains for draw-based and Scratch & Win lottery tickets where the expiry date does not slip until 17 September 2020.

A BCLC declaration 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.”

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