South Africa's lottery draw under scrutiny

An investigation has been started by South Africa’s national lottery. After an unprecedented draw where 6 consecutive numbers were drawn and 20 people took away a share of the jackpot.

South Africa’s lottery draw under scrutiny: The numbers picked by the machine on Tuesday night were 5,6,7,8 and 9 with the powerball coming out as number 10. And, after the draw, there were widespread allegations of fraud or possibly a fault with the draw machine. The lottery’s website stated “Six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any state or international Lotto game.”

It went on to say “I have all the drawing results for more than 180 state and international Lotto games. Going back more than 50 years! Even five consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence. That, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.” The operator of the lottery acknowledged that it was a highly unusual draw. But said that many players choose sequences like this when playing.

The 20 players won 5.7 million rand (£277,000) each and another 79 ticketholders won 6,283 rand (£306) each. For guessing the sequence right but missing the powerball. The lottery took to Twitter later on Tuesday night to say “Congratulations to tonight’s 20 winners of PowerBall draw.”

However, the coincidence of 20 people sharing the jackpot draw brought with it accusations of a scam. With #lotto trending on Twitter as people across the country discussed the unusual result. Twitter user Lungaz said “Jackpot R114M. 20 people won. That’s no coincidence. 20 people discussed this and shared that jackpot equally. R114M/20 = R5,7M. Absolutely no way in hell that’s a coincidence.” South Africa’s National Lotteries Commission’s spokesperson said they would evaluate the incident and form a report on its findings.


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