So you’ve been making purchases, and notice a growing bunch of receipts in your apartment, don’t consider them as a heap of trash just yet. – There’s a free Receipt Lottery with massive prizes!
What is the Taiwan Receipt Lottery?
Each receipt in Taiwan typically has an eight-digit lottery number which you need to match with the announced winning numbers.
The winning numbers are on a bi-monthly basis as they’re announced by the government on the 25th of every odd-numbered month. – You check your receipt numbers from the previous two months.
We’ve put together all the answers to the most common questions in this how-to guide to help you start playing and winning $$$!
I’m from abroad. Can I win?
Yes – foreigners are allowed to participate and win prizes in the receipt lottery as long as their residency certificate (ARC/APRC) is valid.
Why do they have this game?
To encourage merchants to keep their transaction records on the books, the government came up with this Receipt Lottery scheme.
The theory behind it is since there’s a chance of winning millions, customers would start demanding their receipts after each purchase, and merchants would end up with all their income accounted for on the books.
How to play the receipt lottery?
1. Make sure your receipts have the 8-digit lottery number on them, then stack them all together by contest date.
2. Head over to the Taiwan Receipt Lottery posts, and find the right contest date of the announced winning numbers you’re looking for.
3. Now you need to start matching the numbers to each of your receipt numbers.
|Here’s how much you can win depending on what you’re able to match:
To win NT$10 million, you must exactly match all your receipt numbers with the Special Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$2 million, you must exactly match all your receipt numbers with the Grand Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$200,000, you must exactly match all your receipt numbers with any of the First Prize-winning numbers. – Oftentimes, they announce three sets of first prize numbers to match from.
To win NT$40,000, you must match the last seven digits from any of the First Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$10,000, you must match the last six digits from any of the First Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$4,000, you must match the last five digits from any of the First Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$1,000, you must match the last four digits from any of the First Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$200, you must match the last three digits from any of the First Prize-winning numbers.
To win NT$200, you must match the last three digits of any Additional Sixth Prize-winning numbers.
How to claim your cash prizes?
To claim the prize money, first, check the date to make sure you’re within the redeemable range.
When can you claim your cash prizes?
The redeemable period to claim your prize generally begins on the 6th of the following month of the announcement and remains open for 3 months.
For example; May-June 2019 receipt winning numbers got announced on July 25, and could only be claimed between August 6 – November 5.
The next set is to fill out the form on the back of the winning receipt. Yes, it’s all in Chinese, so here’s a translation example of what you’d need to include on the back:
You must present proof of ID to be awarded the cash, however, the place you collect your cash prizes depends on the amount you’ve won:
All prize amounts can be redeemed at either First Bank or Chang Hua Bank.
If you’re claiming a prize that is NT$1,000 or less, then you’re able to redeem it at any convenience store (such as 7 Eleven and Family Mart), PX Mart, and Simple Mart.
Also, note that there are taxes on winnings of NT$1,000 and above.
The actual amount of tax deductions on prizes
What you win = What you’ll receive:
NT$200 = NT$200
NT$1,000 = NT$996
NT$4,000 = NT$3,984
NT$10,000 = NT$7,960
NT$40,000 = NT$31,840
NT$200,000 = NT$159,200
NT$2M = NT$1.592M
NT$10M = NT$7.96M
Where are all the recently announced winning numbers?
🕑 You can check all the recently announced winning numbers to date here.
~ That’s all you need to know. So with that said, Good luck!! 🍀
🗓️ Updated: July 2022 – Taipei.Expats
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Raphael, you’re very welcome, we really appreciate your feedback, so thanks as well 🙂 We’ll continue to update the guide if and when anything changes.