Singapore pools announced that it would be suspending all lottery draws and totalizator sales in cooperation with the country’s latest efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
After the Singaporean government announced that all non-essential workplaces and schools would be shut down to stem the tide of the deadly coronavirus, all online and retail sales would be suspended by April 7 as well.
Singapore Pools lottery draws have been conducted behind closed doors since March 25. But these draws will now be suspended until further noticed. The Toto draw which was scheduled on April 6 was cancelled, and all tickets purchased for future or cancelled events are eligible for refunds.
Once the Toto Jackpot resumes, the total jackpot will start at $2 million, while the Singapore Sweep Draw scheduled for May will also be cancelled.
Players are allowed to claim prizes amounting to $5,000 at selected outlets, and for prizes above that sum, players could claim them at the Singapore Pool’s main office. After April 6, winning tickets will have to be redeemed at a later date, although the 180-day window for claims will be extended.
As of April 7, local horse-racing activity at the Singapore Turf Club will also be suspended, meaning that the Singapore Pools will not be offering sports betting until further notice.
“Singapore Pools is committed to operate in a safe and responsible manner, in accordance with guidelines from the [government’s] Multi-Ministry Task Force,” the operator said. “We seek our customer’s understanding that these measures are necessary for their safety and well-being. We thank them for their continuing support.”