As the coronavirus outbreak continues in New York there will be a number of restrictions placed on playing the lottery and claiming prizes. Currently all regional lottery claim centers have been closed so no prizes can be collected at these offices and must instead be claimed via mail. We have answered some of your quick questions at the bottom of this page as well if you need some quick information.
Governor Cuomo has put the entire state “on Pause”, meaning that all non-essential workers are directed to work from home and everybody is required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public. This could very easily cause most authorised New York Lottery retailers to close if they are self-isolating or placing themselves in quarantine. This likely means that the list of lottery retailers in New York will be limited to places that all sell house supplies or groceries and that have been deemed essential and must stay open.
Prizes up to $600 can still be claimed from any retailer that is open. Prizes over this amount must now be claimed via mail by following the steps below:
- Download the Winners Claim Form
- Fill in the information on the back of your ticket and sign it. Then make a copy of this ticket
- Make a copy of a form of identification, such as your passport, drivers license or State/Government ID. The full list of acceptable forms of identification are on the winners claim form
- Enclose the claim form, the original signed ticket (not the copy) and the form(s) of identification and post them to the address below:
New York Lottery
PO Box 7533
Schenectady, NY 12301-7533
Alternatively, you can just hold onto your winning ticket and claim your winnings when lottery claim offices re-open, as all lottery tickets in New York are valid for 1 year from the draw they were entered into.
Quick COVID-19 questions
Yes, all lottery draws are still going ahead as planned with tickets being sold at authorised retailers.
In this instance your ticket would be valid for a following draw when they start running again at a later date.
Yes, all prizes are still being paid out at authorised retailers or can be claimed via mail using the steps above.