Old Lottery Tickets – Check and Claim Prizes

Old TicketsHow to check and claim prizes on old lottery tickets?
Details for all Australian State Lotteries, including how to claim prizes, time limits to claim, and contacts, are all here. Check the details below for your State’s Lottery.

Many enquiries are received here regarding old lottery tickets – Lotto, Powerball, OZ Lotto and various other old tickets. If you hold old tickets unclaimed for decades, it is highly doubtful any claim on them would be successful – you could always try. The Lotteries field in Australia is highly changeable at the moment, and a claim that would be validated by one State’s Lottery, may be refused by another.

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Old Lottery Tickets – Australian State Lotteries

Check old lottery tickets using “Ticket Number Search”, this makes checking tickets easy. Then claim your prize – refer to your State’s Lottery details below.

Claim Prizes on Tickets

STATE Lotteries

Claim prizes for all old tickets purchased through the relevant Australian State Lottery Organization:

GOLDEN CASKET – Queensland

Official Site: Claim Prizes | Ticket Number Search
Phone: 131 868
Time Limit to Claim Prizes (QLD): 7 years
Under the Lotteries Act 1997 Section 129 (2b), prizes must be claimed within 7 years.

LOTTERYWEST – Western Australia

Official Site: Claim Prizes
Phone: 133 777
Time Limit to Claim Prizes (WA): 12 months
Under the Lotteries Commission Act, 1990, prizes can only be claimed and paid for up to 12 months after the date of the draw.

NSW LOTTERIES – New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

Official Site: Claim Prizes | Ticket Number Search
Phone: 131 868
Time Limit to Claim Prizes (NSW & ACT): 6 years
Under the Public Lotteries Regulations 2016, prizes must be claimed within 6 years.

SA LOTTERIES – South Australia

Official Site: Claim Prizes | Ticket Number Search
Phone: 131 868
Time Limit to Claim Prizes (SA): 12 months
Lottery prizes must be collected within 12 months. After that, prize money is forfeited to the Lotteries Commission of South Australia. There is a process to claim prize money from The Commission’s Unclaimed Prizes Reserve.

TATTERSALL’S – Victoria, Tasmania, and Northern Territory

Official Site: Claim Prizes | Ticket Number Search
Phone: 131 868
Time Limit to Claim Prizes (VIC): 6 months
Lottery prizes must be collected within 6 months. Beyond that, you will need to submit a prize claim form to the State Government to claim the prize.
Victorian State Revenue Office – Unclaimed Monies, GPO Box 1641, Melbourne VIC 3001

Time Limit to Claim Prizes (TAS): 6 months
Lottery prizes must be collected within 6 months. Beyond that, you will need to submit a prize claim form to the State Government to claim the prize.
Tasmania – Treasury & Finance, GPO Box 147, HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6166 4444

Time Limit to Claim Prizes (NT): 3 years
Prizes must be collected within 3 years. Except prizes won before 30/07/2012, held by the Northern Territory Treasury Director of Licensing as unclaimed money. Submit a prize claim form to the State Government to claim the prize.
NT Treasury – Director of Licensing, Unclaimed Monies, GPO Box 1154 DARWIN NT 0801
Phone: 08 8999 1800

21 thoughts on “Old Lottery Tickets – Check and Claim Prizes”

  1. I have come across around 15 old lottery tickets going through old papers dating back to the early 90s is there any way of finding out the results of these tickets.

    Thank you for your time
    Carol

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  2. Hello the date of my just found lottery ticket is a $2 lucky lotteries Date 07. 02 .2008 outlet number is 4055-05761797-204725
    hope its a winner…just checking thankyou….

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  3. I truly believed I had a winning ticket back in 2006!! I know the place I bought it the year roughly the month but sadly I can almost c me throw out the not checked ticket!! It was a system 7 and can roughly remember the numbers !! I remember reading in paper this outlet being an unclaimed prize I believe 2 million !! I guess there is nothing I can do ??it is a lesson learned maybe I just was never meant to have the monies but hope others get their unclaimed winning ??

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  4. When I click “full result” for any lotteries in the super jackpot 2015 or 2016 .. it simply opens a box stating the date .. ie no results for said lotteries is displayed

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  5. I have an old Lottery ticket from Christmas 1970. Is there an possibility of checking it please Special Lottery No1 Ticket No 99143

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    • Hi Mary, did you check the ticket number using Ticket Number Search (link above) for NSW Lotteries? If its a winner, why not give them a call?

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  6. I have just found a SA Lotto ticket in a card I sent my Mum in Victoria in 2006-I have tried entering the numbers on the ticket but there is more than 11. Is there any other way I can check? Thank you. Jan

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  7. Hi, I’ve found some old tickets that I have tried checking online but it keeps coming back as unknown. I’m hoping that I can still check and claim. Some of the tickets are from back in 2005. How else can I check them.
    Linda

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  8. I have an old $5 lottery ticket from 28 Feb 2006 am I able to get results of it from somewhere
    Ticket Number is 002715 it is not registered

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  9. For nsw lottery, six years limit ,is another way to rob people ?
    Probably they know that there are old people,old drawers,forgotten unregistered tickets.
    Or they don’t ?

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    • I’m not sure on their reasoning for this. On the bright side, at least when you can successfully claim prizes, they are all yours – all winnings in Australia are tax-free.

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