WARNING for SA Lotto players: You must avoid this ‘notification scam’

WARNING for SA Lotto players: You must avoid this ‘notification scam’


National Lottery operator Ithuba has cautioned those planning to Phanda, Pusha, Play about a potentially dangerous scam doing the rounds. Participants in both the Lotto and Powerball draws are being advised about the warning signs, which include a set of ‘fraudulent notifications’.

SA Lotto players warned about ‘notification scam’

According to lottery bosses, scammers are speculatively targeting frequent Lotto and Powerball players: They send fake notifications – via email or SMS – claiming that the person has won a sum of money.

However, Ithuba does not conduct its business this way. The only way to claim your winnings is by visiting a participating retailer, or by presenting yourself to the National Lottery’s offices. Any messages to suggest otherwise, therefore, can be treated as a scam – and South Africans are being advised to ignore them.

“The only way to win the National Lottery is to buy and be in possession of a winning ticket. The National Lottery will never send you an email or SMS stating the value of your winnings, or your details to claim them. You can claim from any participating retailer, or the Ithuba offices: Beware of such messages, they could be a scam.”

Ithuba statement

Draws and jackpots for Wednesday 30 March

A total of R113 million will be up for grabs on Friday 1 April, as both the Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots went unclaimed this week. The ‘double-rollover’ is sure to generate fervent interest ahead of the weekend.

We’ve got three jackpots on the line tonight, too. For Wednesday’s Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 draws, a whopping R35 million can be won across the board. Just make sure you follow the proper channels when claiming a prize, as per the previously-given advice shared by Ithuba.

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