COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Like all organizations, Western Canada Lottery Corporation is monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our staff, our players and everyone involved in the distribution of lottery products. We continue to create and implement measures to minimize risks of transmission and follow guidelines set forth by public health agencies.
We recognize that the situation continues to develop quickly, and we will continue to respond in ways that protect and maintain your health and safety, and serve our mandate as a fundraiser for priority programs and services in the Prairie Provinces and the North.
We’re sure that you have questions, and answers to some of the most common are below:
How can I redeem my prize?
Prizes up to $1,000 can still be claimed at lottery retailers offering the service. When claiming a larger prize, check with the retailer to ensure they have sufficient cash on hand to pay.
Prize Offices are open by appointment only. Claimants will be asked to answer a few health screening questions before an appointment can be made.
WCLC continues to process claims for prizes submitted by mail. For information on how to claim your prize, follow the steps listed here, or call Player Care at 1-800-665-3313 for direction. There may be processing delays for prizes of smaller amounts at this time, and we appreciate your patience.
Note: Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, a one-time six month expiry extension was agreed on by lottery jurisdictions across the country for tickets that would have expired between March and September 2020. That six month extension has now elapsed, and we will not be paying prizes on expired tickets, regardless of when they were purchased or expired.
Can I still buy lottery tickets at retail?
At this time, the WCLC lottery retail network remains available for sales and validation through those Lotto Spot locations that choose to continue the services. We are aware that some retailers have made the decision for their own businesses to suspend the sale of lottery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we respect those choices.
WCLC conducts and manages lottery games at the direction of our members – the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba – and associate members – Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. 100% of the profits generated by lottery products in the region is returned to the members to support priority programs and services by each government.
Is it safe to play the lottery at retail?
During this time, you should make decisions that are best for you and follow public health advice and best practices. Just as retailers may choose whether to continue lottery sales and validations during this time, we encourage players to follow public health direction and advice when choosing whether to buy lottery tickets at retail.
Can I play the lottery without going to a store?
Yes. Subscriptions allow lottery players in our region to play their favourite games – LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail or on our Some .
Please be aware that Subscriptions require processing and do not take effect immediately for the next draw date. We cannot guarantee a Subscription’s first draw date.
Manitoba residents can also play lottery games online at PlayNow.com, a site licensed and managed by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.
Are all your games available?
SPORT SELECT games have been impacted by the cancellation of sports events; however, limited sports offerings are available at . Draw-based games are available Lotto Spot retailers, through our subscription service or through PlayNow.com for Manitoba residents; and Zing games are available at most Lotto Spot retailers.
Who can I contact for more information?
At this time, our Player Care department remains available to answer your questions about games, prizes and other general lottery information. As you can imagine, Player Care is fielding more inquiries than usual at this time. Many of the common questions you may have about the COVID-19 pandemic and lottery games in our region are addressed above.
We also encourage you to use the menus at the top of this page to seek the information you need on our website.