Apr 7, 2020

Colorado governor issues Executive Order extending time-frame for redeeming Lottery tickets.

Last night, Governor Jared Polis renewed an Executive Order under his emergency powers that directs the Colorado Lottery to extend the timeframe to claim Lottery prizes an additional 30 days through the end of May. The original Executive Order was issued on April 6 and would have expired on April 30.

According to the order, the Governor directs the Department of Revenue Lottery Division to extend the 180-day requirement for claiming Jackpot and Scratch tickets that would have otherwise expired. The order provides extra time for players to claim their tickets, but they still must claim them while the executive order is in effect. The extension provides more time for players to determine the safest way to claim their prizes.

By statute, jackpot tickets expire 180 days from the date of the drawing and scratch tickets expire 180 days from the date that the game ends. The order allows players who do not want to mail winning tickets into the claims office, or who cannot travel to the Pueblo drive-through claims office, available by appointment-only, to hold their winning tickets longer.

“We are thankful to be able to give winners more options and more time to claim their prizes while the Stay at Home order is in effect,” said Colorado Lottery Director Tom Seaver. “We want our players to stay at home unless they have to, and this will help alleviate worries about claiming winning tickets.”

The Lottery received approval to process winning tickets of $5,000 or more at a touch-free, drive-through claims office in Pueblo by appointment. Winners must call the Lottery offices at 1-800-999-2959 to set up appointments.

The executive order is issued through May 30, but if the emergency goes beyond that date, the Governor can extend the executive order for 30 days at a time.

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