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Claiming Your EZ2 Windfall: A Step-by-Step Guide and Essential Information

Congratulations! You’ve successfully matched the winning two-digit combination in EZ2, the fast-paced and exciting lottery game offered by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Now comes the rewarding part – claiming your prize! This comprehensive guide walks you through the process, ensuring you receive your EZ2 winnings smoothly.

Understanding the EZ2 Prize Claiming Process:

The prize claiming process for EZ2 varies depending on the amount you’ve won. Here’s a breakdown of the two main scenarios:

  • Prizes Up to ₱10,000: These smaller prizes can be conveniently claimed at any authorized PCSO Lotto outlet.
  • Prizes Over ₱10,000: For larger prizes, you’ll need to visit a designated PCSO Branch Office or the PCSO Main Office in Mandaluyong City.

Claiming at Authorized PCSO Lotto Outlets (₱10,000 and Below):

  1. Gather Your Requirements: Ensure you have the following on hand:

    • Winning EZ2 Ticket: This is your most crucial document, so handle it with care and ensure it’s in good condition.
    • Valid ID: Bring a government-issued ID with a photo that verifies your identity. Examples include a driver’s license, passport, or Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID).
  2. Visit an Authorized PCSO Outlet: Look for establishments displaying the official PCSO logo, as these are authorized to process claims for prizes up to ₱10,000.

  3. Present Your Winning Ticket and ID: Approach the cashier or designated personnel and present your winning EZ2 ticket and valid ID.

  4. Verify Your Ticket: The PCSO representative will verify your ticket’s authenticity and winning status.

  5. Receive Your Prize: Once everything is confirmed, you’ll receive your EZ2 winnings in cash, minus any applicable documentary stamp tax (DST).

Claiming at PCSO Branch Offices or Main Office (₱10,000 and Above):

  1. Gather Your Requirements: You’ll need the following:

    • Winning EZ2 Ticket: Ensure your ticket is intact and readable.
    • Valid IDs (Two Different Types): Bring two valid government-issued IDs with photos, such as a driver’s license, passport, UMID, or voter’s ID.
    • Claim Form: Download the PCSO Prize Claim Form (https://www.pcso.gov.ph/) and fill it out accurately with your information and prize details.
  2. Locate a PCSO Branch Office or the Main Office: You can find a list of PCSO Branch Offices and their contact information on the PCSO website (https://www.pcso.gov.ph/). The PCSO Main Office is located at Shaw Boulevard corner Nuestra Señora de Guia Street, Mandaluyong City.

  3. Submit Your Requirements: Approach the designated PCSO personnel and present your winning ticket, valid IDs, and completed claim form.

  4. Verification and Processing: The PCSO will meticulously verify your claim and ticket’s authenticity. This process might take some time.

  5. Claim Your Prize: Once everything is verified, you’ll be notified and receive your EZ2 winnings in check form, minus any applicable DST. Depending on the prize amount, you may need to wait for the check to be cleared before cashing it out.

Important Reminders:

  • Claiming Deadline: There’s a deadline for claiming EZ2 prizes. You have one year from the draw date to claim your winnings. Don’t miss out on your prize!
  • Ticket Condition: Ensure your winning ticket is in good condition, free from tears, marks, or anything that might hinder verification.
  • Beware of Scams: Unfortunately, scams can emerge around popular lottery games. Never share your winning ticket or personal information with anyone who claims to help you claim your prize. The PCSO has a designated process for claiming prizes – follow it for your safety.
  • Tax Implications: Winnings above ₱10,000 are subject to a 20% documentary stamp tax (DST) deducted at the source. For winnings exceeding ₱20,000, you might need to declare them in your income tax return.

Additional Tips:

  • Sign Your Ticket: Once you’ve verified your win, sign your name at the back of your winning EZ2 ticket for added security.