Stop lying about lotto winnings - Gidani
Johannesburg - Lotto players must stop trying to defraud the lottery system by claiming to have won when they have not, national lottery operator Gidani said on Monday.
"There has been a trend of players buying tickets using winning numbers from a previous draw and wanting to pass them (off) as legitimate," Gidani spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said in a statement.
In one instance last week, a woman working as a financial advisor with a big banking institution called Gidani’s head office in Midrand alleging a client had won R3.352m.
“This was an anomaly to us as the only payment points of any amount above R50 000 are the Gidani offices.”
Financial advisors were also only called in once a ticket had been validated as a winning one.
He said the festive season was financially demanding on people and thus tended to lure them into deception.
Attempting to pass off a non-winning ticket as valid was tantamount to fraud. The National Lottery's elaborate security system could not be cheated, she said.