If you've been holding on to a big winning lottery ticket after claim centers closed, there's good news. The Texas Lottery Commission plans to reopen all 16 claim centers around the state on Monday, June 1.
The lottery commission released a statement Thursday that claims will be processed by appointment only and recommended safety and cleaning guidelines will be followed. The claim centers will operate under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice. The details on how to schedule an appointment, as well as safety precautions to be put in place, will be announced at a later date.
Texas Lottery Executive Director, Gary Grief said in the statement, “We want to thank our players for their patience during these uncertain times, and we are appreciative of the number of players that claimed prizes via mail or delayed visiting a claim center to keep themselves, fellow players and our employees healthy and safe. We will continue to monitor the developments of the coronavirus situation dayby-day, while working with state officials, as we determine next steps in our claim center reopening process. The health and safety of our employees and all individuals we interact with remains our highest priority.”
The commission reminds anyone with a winning ticket up to $5 million can continue to be claimed through the mail. The ticket must be postmarked on or prior to the claim expiration date and should be mailed to: Texas Lottery Commission ATTN: Austin Claim Center PO Box 16600 Austin, TX 78761-6600.
Claims mailed in can take 4 to 6 weeks to process.