Around the Valley: Lottery goes postal, license & tax deadlines extended


Lottery redeemed by mail

Due to the coronavirus, the Rhode Island Lottery has announced that effective immediately, any prizes can be redeemed by mail.

In order to redeem a Rhode Island Lottery prize by mail, holders of winning tickets must provide the following documents/information:

  • The winning ticket with your signature on back of ticket
  • Your complete address
  • Your telephone number
  • Copy of valid, government-issued photo I.D.
  • Copy of Social Security Card or valid document that includes your Social Security Number.

If you do not have a copy of your Social Security Card or a document that includes your Social Security Number, you must complete and sign an IRS W-9 Form. The form is available on the Lottery’s website,, or the lottery can mail this form to you to complete and return.

Prize checks will be mailed to the address provided. Winners are advised to be sure to print legibly and to provide a telephone number in the event the Lottery needs to contact you regarding your claim.

Mail winning tickets to: Rhode Island Lottery, 1425 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, RI 02920, Attention: Validations Department

Call the lottery at 401-463-6500 with any questions.

R.I. DMV extends deadlines for licenses, registrations

The R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles has announced that, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it will implement a 90-day grace period for driver’s licenses, permits, identification cards, and vehicle registrations due to expire in March and April.

Rhode Islanders, businesses, and non-government agencies eligible for these extensions should wait to visit or send representatives to the Division’s headquarters or AAA Northeast offices until after Gov. Gina Raimondo lifts her executive order mandating that residents of the state stay at home amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Previously, the DMV Administrator Walter Craddock extended March expirations for credentials, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers for 30 days – or until the end of April, when applicable. Those extensions now continue for an additional 60 days – or until the end of June, when applicable.

The 90-day grace period also now applies to April deadlines.

Road tests will not be administered during this 90-day grace period and permit will remain valid throughout the period. Drivers can schedule a road test for a date in July or thereafter.

Division customers are reminded that a number of transactions can be completed by mail or online: including renewing licenses or registrations, submitting CDL medical certifications, ordering custom plates, obtaining driver records, and changing addresses.

If it is necessary for you to complete a transaction in person, customers are reminded that the Division’s Cranston headquarters remains open on a temporary, six-day weekly schedule – by reservation only. Walk-ins are not allowed at this time.

Visit for available reservation times and more information on how to prepare for a visit.

McKee to hold small business conference

In a continuing effort to inform the Rhode Island Small Business community of new developments, Lt. Governor Dan McKee will hold a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31 .

Call in will begin at 11:45 a.m., with the agenda beginning promptly at noon.

Director Mark Hayward of the Small Business Administration will address new information from the SBA and related federal funding. The agenda will also include an update on Gift it Forward, small business site which now has 667 businesses registered; and small business and 501 C3 and C19 non-profits information concerning federal funding options.

To attend, call 866-880-0098 and use passcode 54933514#.

Tax deadline moved to July 15

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has announced details about the filing deadline and the payment deadline for individuals and certain entities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

In general, the relief provides three additional months to file returns and pay balances due. No penalties and no interest will apply to those who file on or before July 15, 2020.

Although the deadline for filing certain tax returns and making certain tax payments has been automatically postponed by three months, the Rhode Island Division of Taxation urges tax preparers and taxpayers to file their returns before the new deadline where possible. Filing and paying sooner provides the State with essential funding during this crisis and allows the Governor, the General Assembly, and other State decision-makers to plan and protect Rhode Island’s economy.  Those who are due refunds can receive them more quickly by filing as soon as possible.

Individuals and certain businesses can defer Rhode Island resident and nonresident personal income tax returns and personal income tax payments, normally due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

The three-month postponement is automatic. Tax preparers and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or contact the Division of Taxation in any way in order to qualify for this Rhode Island tax filing and payment relief.

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