The Island Health Payday Lotto is a great way to support your hospitals. Half of the total funds raised fund priority equipment purchases at hospitals throughout Vancouver Island!
How it works:
You can sign up for up to three tickets per paycheque draw—they are only $5 each! The ticket amount will be deducted from your paycheque every pay period. Every lotto participant has to complete a new application form every year.
Payday Lotto draws will now occur once every four weeks on Fridays with two draws occurring sequentially on that same day. Eligibility is based on each respective pay period, not the draw date. This is out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the persons performing the draws. The draws are audited by KPMG Chartered Professional Accountants, 730 View St. in Victoria, BC. The winner is contacted by phone from our team, and wins half of the jackpot.
The other half of the jackpot is distributed proportionally to the Island Health hospital foundations involved in Payday Lotto. While the program is licensed by the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the other foundations who participate receive the financial benefit from players in their area. This means you are directly supporting healthcare in the region in which you work. The foundations involved are: Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Tofino General Hospital, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and West Coast General Hospital Foundation.
All funds will be disbursed to support the funding of critically needed equipment in that area or hospital.
Frequently asked questions
Who can play?
Anyone who is 19 or older, a resident of British Columbia, and a current employee of Island Health with a valid Island Health ID can participate.
Please contact us if you live out of province as there are additional restrictions.
For more information, please read the full Rules of Play.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for the 2020–2021 period (April 1, 2020–March 31, 2021) at any time by completing the form online here.
How do I cancel the Payday Lotto?
You can cancel at any time by emailing VHFlotto@viha.ca.
How do I know if I’m playing?
You will receive a confirmation email and see the deductions on your pay stub. Alternatively you can contact us at VHFlotto@viha.ca.
How do I know if I win?
We will phone you! You can see a list of recent winners here.
Which foundations are involved in Payday Lotto?
Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Tofino General Hospital Foundation, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and West Coast General Hospital Foundation.
Why aren’t I playing anymore? The deductions have stopped coming off my pay stub.
Our gaming license requires that all participants renew every spring. If you don’t re-register, you will automatically be taken off the program. Please complete the new online registration form for the 2020–2021 period (April 1, 2020–March 31, 2021) online here.