FAQ - The BC SPCA Lottery for Animals in Need

FAQ

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Tickets are sold out for the 2024 Spring Lottery. Thank you for playing for the animals! Keep up to date on future lotteries by signing up for alerts here.

If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please contact us at lottery@spca.bc.ca or 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998).

All tickets for the spring 2024 lottery have now sold out. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and made our biggest ever BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need a huge success for the animals. For the draw date and winner announcements please view the winners page at lottery.spca.bc.ca/winners.

The BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need will be returning later this summer with a huge 50/50! To be the first to receive details sign up for email updates here.

We’re sorry to hear that the website is giving you trouble. Please give us a call at 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998) and we can process your ticket order over the phone.

  • Ticket sales start: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • Final ticket sales (should tickets not sell out early): Friday, May 10, 2024 at midnight
  • Draw date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The draw will be held at the BC SPCA Vancouver Community Animal Care Centre (1205 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.)

All winners will be contacted by phone from the BC SPCA Provincial Office. The 50/50 winner will be contacted and announced on May 30, 2024. All other winners will be subsequently contacted and announced on prize days designated throughout June 2024. Winners will be announced online at lottery.spca.bc.ca/winners.

A copy of your ticket is not required to claim your prize. Your ticket number and contact information is kept on record with the BC SPCA.

Prize cheques will be mailed to the winners once their identity and mailing address has been verified and the prize has been accepted in writing.

You will receive your emailed ticket in 2-3 business days. The first email that you receive from the BC SPCA Lottery will be a confirmation of your ticket order. The second email will include your ticket details.

If you have chosen to have your tickets mailed to you, tickets will be delivered to you via regular mail within 3-4 weeks of your order being received.

Not to worry! A copy of your ticket is not required to claim your prize but we are very sorry that your ticket didn’t arrive.

Your ticket number and contact information is kept on record with the BC SPCA. Winners are contacted by phone to verify their identity and to confirm their mailing address.

To receive an emailed PDF or a physical reprint of your ticket, or to confirm your ticket numbers, please call 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998) or email lottery@spca.bc.ca

After you purchase your Lottery tickets online, you should receive a confirmation email shortly after. If you have not received this email, please check your spam folder first. Don’t worry if you don’t see your confirmation email, your tickets will still be emailed to you in 2-3 business days. If you are concerned your order was not completed, please email lottery@spca.bc.ca or call 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998) for confirmation.

If you wish to order tickets for the main Lottery (50/50 tickets are available only by phone and online) please send cheque or money order and the number of tickets in each package you would like to purchase (1 for $30, 3 for $60, 6 for $90) to: BC SPCA Lottery 1245 E 7th Ave, Vancouver BC V5T 1R1.

Please note, tickets may sell out before your order reaches us. If you wish to purchase by mail, we suggest sending your order as early as possible to ensure your tickets are available. Please also indicate if you would like your payment processed as a donation, or returned to you, in the event the Lottery has sold out.

50/50 tickets are popular and we are expecting them to sell quickly. We are trying to prevent the extra administrative costs for the BC SPCA in contacting all purchasers who order by mail after they sell out. If you are unable to pay by phone or through the website please call 604-205-5998 or toll free 1-855-205-5998 to find out whether 50/50 tickets are still available and to discuss alternative options.

Yes, you have the chance to win multiple prizes! Every ticket is eligible for every prize draw except for the 50/50 Bonus. Only 50/50 Bonus ticket buyers are eligible to win the 50/50 Bonus prize.

In the event of returned tickets or declined transactions we will release more tickets to ensure we sell the maximum amount of tickets possible according to our B.C. gaming license. For anyone who has left their details to purchase tickets in the event of returned tickets or declined transactions, we will be in contact should tickets become available.

Yes! Our annual summer 50/50 will return this year.

Sign up for emails here to be alerted when Summer Lottery tickets go on sale.

The BC SPCA accepts all major credit cards and PayPal.

You must be 19 years of age or older.

The purchase must be made from within B.C. and prizes cannot be distributed outside the province. For more details please contact us at lottery@spca.bc.ca

As mandated by Canada Revenue Agency, lottery winnings are not taxable. They are not considered income or capital gains. The money is all yours!

No, your ticket purchase is not tax deductible. Although your purchase generously helps the BC SPCA care for and protect animals in need, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations do not allow purchased lottery tickets to be tax deductible.

Proceeds from your ticket purchase will provide care for more than 135,000 animals in need in your community and throughout the province of British Columbia. To learn more about our work caring for animals, see the BC SPCA’s Stats at a Glance.

The BC SPCA is proud to be among the elite group of Canadian organizations to be accredited by Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for charities and non-profits. Read more about our governance and accountability here.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit animal welfare organization reliant on public donations.

Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

The BC SPCA was created under the auspices of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act), and is the only animal welfare organization in BC that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty, and to recommend charges to Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.

Helpful links:
www.spca.bc.ca
www.spca.bc.ca/adopt
Stats at a Glance

Support
The BC SPCA Lottery is a fundraising campaign and one of many ways to support animal welfare in B.C.

Please visit www.spca.bc.ca/support to make a donation, register for special events, and to learn more about other ways to give.

Advocacy
Speak up and take action for the animals in your community by visiting the BC SPCA Action Centre: www.spca.bc.ca/action

Yes, you have the option of attending the draw virtually or in person. However, you do not need to be present at the draw to claim your prize. If you would like to attend, please email lottery@spca.bc.ca for more information and to make arrangements prior to the draw date.

For all Lottery related inquiries please email us at lottery@spca.bc.ca or call us at 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998).