A number of changes are in place for New York Lottery draws due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. More information can be found here.


Coronavirus Updates

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:

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

Are lotteries still being running in New York?

Yes, all lottery draws are still going ahead as planned with tickets being sold at authorised retailers.

What happens if they stop running draws after I have bought a ticket?

In this instance your ticket would be valid for a following draw when they start running again at a later date.

Are prizes still being paid out?

Yes, all prizes are still being paid out at authorised retailers or can be claimed via mail using the steps above.

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