Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) is an association established and run by the region's four provincial governments: New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission, and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
One-hundred percent of all lottery profits are returned to communities, which in 2008/9 amounted to $398 million. In the period 1976 to 2009 the amount returned was $6.3 billion. In this same period $5.9 billion was paid out in prize money.
Winning ticket holders have 1 year from the drawing date to claim their prize - unclaimed cash prizes are kept by the ALC, and are used to fund prizes.
Prizes $250 or less, can be redeemed at most retail locations. while prizes $9,999.99 or less can be redeemed at any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) in Atlantic Canada. Prizes of $10,000 or more must be presented at an ALC office, located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland.
ALC require players sign their name on the back of lottery tickets before validation, and remember, unless signed anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim, so it's a good idea to sign the ticket as soon as possible after purchase. No markings should be made on the front of the ticket.