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How does the Receipt Lottery work?

This February kicks off a lottery to reward customers for shopping in stores. Learn how you can participate.

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The Receipt Lottery is a government initiative designed to encourage the use of electronic payments and reduce the use of cash. Like the government cashback and Christmas cashback programs, the Receipt Lottery falls within the broader Italian Cashback plan, which launches in February 2021. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly the Receipt Lottery is and how it works.

A tax receipt lottery

Basically, it’s a free national lottery that rewards you for making digital purchases. Here’s how it works:

  • When you shop in brick-and-mortar stores, you’ll receive a virtual lottery ticket for every euro you spend, up to €1000.
  • These virtual tickets linked to the tax receipts associated with your purchases, and they’ll allow you to take part in the lottery.
  • After you register the transaction, you’ll get a special lottery code to get virtual tickets. You’ll need to show this code to the merchant when completing the purchase. The lottery draws and prizes take place weekly, monthly, and yearly.

How to register in the lottery portal and get your code for the Receipt Lottery 

Register as early as December 1, 2020 to take part in the receipt lottery. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the portal here and click on “Participate now”
  2. Enter your tax code
  3. Accept the conditions of the privacy policy and enter the security code you see displayed.
  4. A lottery code will be generated in both alphanumeric and barcode format. Save it on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can also print it.

How do virtual tickets work in the Receipt Lottery? 

When making a purchase, simply show the lottery code to the merchant. Your code will be matched with the receipt that corresponds to the purchase you’ve just made. For every euro you spend, you’ll get one virtual ticket—with a lower limit of €1 and an upper limit of €1000. A purchase of €1,500, for example, would only give you 1,000 virtual tickets. If your purchase doesn’t add up to an even euro amount, amounts of 50 cents or more will receive one ticket. For instance, if you spend €2.50 you’ll get not two, but three virtual tickets.

What types of purchases count towards the Receipt Lottery?

Purchases made in physical, brick-and-mortar stores with electronic payment methods are eligible. Like with the Government Cashback program, the Receipt Lottery is only applicable for personal purchases totalling €1 or more. Online purchases and business expenses are excluded from the program.

In addition, the following purchases are also excluded during the start-up phase: 

  • Purchases documented with electronic invoices
  • Purchases with data transmitted to the Health Card system, such as health expenses
  •  Purchases for which the buyer asks the merchant to use their tax code for the purposes of tax deduction.

Drawings for the Receipt Lottery

Initially, the lottery included two types of drawings: regular (which included tax receipts from purchases made with cash) and zero-cash, for tax receipts for purchases made exclusively with electronic payment instruments.

After the 2021 Legge di Bilancio was published, however, the program was changed and only purchases made via electronic payment methods enable you to take part in the drawing. The lottery includes 15 weekly prizes of €25.000 each, 10 monthly prizes of €100.000 and one grand prize of €5 million once a year. 

All the winnings from the Receipt Lottery are tax exempt. And best of all, you don’t need to hang on to all those receipts in order to participate. Just your virtual tickets are enough.

When will the Receipt Lottery drawings take place 

The drawings are held weekly, monthly, and yearly. Weekly drawings take place every Thursday. The monthly prize is given out every second Thursday of the month. The yearly drawings will first take place in 2022, on a date that has yet to be set. Check out the official calendar, follow the drawings, and find the FAQs on the official Receipt Lottery website.

How to find out if you’ve won a Receipt Lottery prize?

The winning receipt for each prize will be displayed in the public area of the Lottery Portal at the conclusion of each drawing. Each receipt can be identified by the following fields:

  • Commercial document number
  • Date and time
  • Serial number of the transmitting device preceded by the initials "RT" or "Server RT"
  • Cash register identification code, only with "Server RT"
  • Amount.

The Customs and Monopolies Agency will send you a registered letter with a return receipt or certified email if you win a prize. If you’ve registered using your SPID (Public Service ID) or CNS (National Service Card), you can also check whether you’ve won in the reserved area of the Lottery Portal, which will be available starting in January 2021. You can contact the Customs and Monopoly Agency directly to claim your prize.

How to claim your Receipt Lottery prize

You’ll have 90 days to claim your prize after you’ve been officially notified. The Customs and Monopolies Agency only makes payments via bank transfer. If you don't have a bank account, payment will be made using a non-transferable cashier's check.

How to take part in the Receipt Lottery program with N26 

Want to take part in the Receipt Lottery? You can make electronic payments easily and securely with N26—the 100% mobile bank. Every N26 account includes a virtual Mastercard that lets you make payments directly from your smartphone. Make your purchases in-store, and choose your preferred payment method to participate in the drawings. Don’t have an N26 account yet? Discover the account that’s right for you. Open an account in just a few minutes using your smartphone and start making payments—and collecting virtual tickets—right away!

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