254 Claims to lottery prizes

(1)

A participant who is entitled to a lottery prize may be required to submit evidence of his or her entitlement to the prize, in accordance with rules made under section 243 and any provisions specified by the Minister under section 244(1)(a), to the Lotteries Commission or to a selling agent of the Commission.

(2)

If the Lotteries Commission or, if appropriate, the selling agent is satisfied that the participant is entitled to the prize, the Commission or agent must pay the participant the amount of the prize out of the money constituting the prize fund for the lottery.

(3)

If the Lotteries Commission is not satisfied that a claiming participant is entitled to the prize claimed, the Commission must retain the amount of the prize in the lottery prize fund account until the question of entitlement is resolved.

(4)

If it is determined that the entitlement exists, the Lotteries Commission must pay the amount of the prize in accordance with that determination.

(5)

If it is determined that no entitlement exists, the Lotteries Commission must deal with the amount of the prize in accordance with section 256 as if it were an unclaimed prize.

(6)

Despite anything in this section, no claim submitted to the Lotteries Commission under subsection (1) may be recognised if it is made later than 12 months after the drawing of the lottery to which it relates.

Compare: 1977 No 84 s 103