FAQ - The BC SPCA Lottery for Animals in Need


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Contact Information for the BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need

  • Phone: 604-205-5998 or toll free 1-855-205-5998
  • Email: lottery@spca.bc.ca
  • Address: BC SPCA Lottery, 1245 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver B.C. V5T 1R1


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 for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.

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  • Online: order tickets online
  • Phone: call 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998) to purchase by phone
  • Mail: pick up a mail-order form from your local BC SPCA branch. If you have received a lottery brochurevelope by mail, please fill in the ticket order form and send by mail.  

50/50 tickets have now sold out for 2020. We thank everyone who purchased a ticket and apologize to anyone who missed out. The good news is there are still 31 chances left to win cash in the regular calendar lottery.

In 2019 the 50/50 tickets sold out ahead of time and we are expecting them to sell just as fast again this year. 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 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.

  • Early bird ticket sales deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020 at midnight
  • Final ticket sales deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at midnight
  • Early bird draw: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Final draw of all prizes (including 50/50 Bonus): Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

All draws will be held at the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch (1205 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.)

If you purchased 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. If you don’t see your confirmation email not to worry, your tickets will still be emailed to you in 2-3 business days. If you are concerned your order was not completed please call 604-205-5998 (toll free 1-855-205-5998) or email lottery@spca.bc.ca for confirmation.

  • Requested to receive by email: 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.
  • Requested to receive by mail: please allow 3 – 4 weeks for the arrival of your ticket via Canada Post.

Not to worry! A physical ticket is not required to claim your prize but we are very sorry that your ticket has been lost in the mail.

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 a 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

You must be 19 years of age or older.

Yes, all ticket purchasers must reside in British Columbia.

Yes, you have the chance to win multiple prizes! Every ticket (including the early bird winner) 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.

All winners will be contacted by telephone from the BC SPCA Provincial Office (604-681-7271). The early bird winner will be notified after the draw on May 19, 2020. Prize winners in June will be contacted by phone on their designated prize date and announced online at spca.bc.ca/lottery from June 1-30, 2020. The 50/50 Bonus winner will be notified on June 1, 2020. Prize cheques will be mailed once the winner’s identity and mailing address has been verified.

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

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

Proceeds from your ticket purchase will provide emergency care for 40,000+ homeless, injured and abused animals in your community and throughout the province of British Columbia.

In addition to benefitting 36 BC SPCA branches, proceeds from the lottery will fund spay/neuter clinics in Prince George and Kamloops, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin, a Provincial Call Centre for animal cruelty complaints, advocacy and humane education programs, and Special Provincial Constables who investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect.

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 2020 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.

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

  • Phone: 604-205-5998 or toll free 1-855-205-5998
  • Email: lottery@spca.bc.ca
  • Address: BC SPCA Lottery, 1245 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver B.C. V5T 1R1

Due to social distancing requirements relating to COVID-19 the BC SPCA is currently closed the public to protect the safety of the staff, volunteers, and animals. If you would like to view the draw virtually please email lottery@spca.bc.ca to make arrangements prior to the draw dates.

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