How Coronavirus Is Affecting Lotteries In Australia
Last Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2020, 14:42 pm
The coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world has disrupted almost all aspects of daily life and lotteries are no exception. Australian lotteries are currently scheduled to continue as normal and operators have taken steps to protect their staff and customers during this difficult time. Find out all you need to know about playing the lottery during the coronavirus crisis.
Is Australia in lockdown?
Australia’s lockdown rules have not been as strict as many countries but there have been many social distancing guidelines in place, including limits on social gatherings. Everyone was encouraged to work from home where possible earlier in the pandemic, while stores have extra precautions to protect the health of their staff, customers and other members of the public.
The state of Victoria has also had to impose more serious measures since cases began to rise again. These include a night-time curfew, while outdoor exercise is only permitted for one hour at a time. People should only go out shopping for essentials, and that is limited to one person per household at a time.
Can I still buy tickets?
Yes, lottery draws in Australia are currently operating as normal, so you can still purchase tickets, either online or in-store. Some retail outlets, particularly in Victoria, may not be open for business. Given the current situation and the need to practise social distancing, online entries are the better option as you do not need to come into contact with other people.
When do draws take place?
Draws are still taking place according to the usual schedule. You can find the draw days and the cut-off times for in-store ticket sales below.
|Lottery||Draw Days||Ticket Cutoff (AEST)|
|Set for Life||Daily||9:00pm|
It’s a good idea to get your tickets in early when playing in-store to avoid any delays and queues close to the cut-off time. Online entries close shortly before each draw takes place, so you have a bigger window in which to get yours.
Is there any change to how prizes are claimed?
Prizes can still be claimed as normal in most states. Smaller amounts can be claimed from retailers and larger amounts can be claimed by post. To claim by post you will need to download and complete a claim form and send it, along with the winning ticket, to the address stated on the form.
Players in Victoria should be aware that their claims will be processed in teams in other states, so it may take longer than usual to receive your money. If you win in Victoria, you should continue to send information to the state's head office - Administration, Locked Bag 888, Melbourne VIC 3004.
Are the lotteries doing anything to help people in need during the coronavirus crisis?
The Government of Western Australia, through Lotterywest, has set up the Covid-19 Relief Fund to provide financial aid during the coronavirus crisis. All of the money raised from ticket sales in the state will go into the fund and will be distributed to charities and non-profit organisations to help cover various costs. There will be $59 million available immediately, with a further $100 million to be generated through Lotterywest sales.
Golden Casket, which operates in Queensland, has donated £1 million from its unclaimed prizes to help with the development of a vaccine. The donation has been made to a team of researchers at the University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.