The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) has assured that last Saturday’s Lotto Plus jackpot draw was in no way tampered with.
The NLCB issued a media release yesterday in light of a video circulating on Facebook which claimed that the draw was rigged. The NLCB said at each draw the machines used are tested to ensure that calibration of the balls is sound and without fault.
It explained that if any machine is deemed faulty during these tests, they are taken out the draw and sent to the Bureau of Standards for recalibration.
“This process happens every day at every draw to ensure the highest integrity and standards are met with regards to our daily draws,” the NLCB said.
“What transpired on Saturday August 25 was simply the airing of a live broadcast, via social media channels, of a test draw rather than the actual draw. Viewers online would have seen CNMG cut from the regular programming to do their customary live broadcast while a test draw was being wrapped up. The actual draw was in no way tampered with,” the NLCB added.
The NLCB said it will continue to adhere to international best practice and standards as it serves the public.
With respect to spam messages recently shared by its Twitter account, the NLCB said there was evidence that pointed to the account being hacked.
The account had been sharing pornographic content and other random posts.
“The board has taken a decision to disable all official social media accounts, inclusive of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, while a thorough investigation of the administrative protocols of the company’s digital media platforms is conducted,” it said.
New time for 6.30 draw
The NLCB also announced that, beginning today, the 6.30 p.m. Play Whe, Pick 2, Pick 4 and daily Cash Pot draws will take place at 7 p.m.
It said, as usual, online sales will close five minutes before draws.
The NLCB said there will be no change to the other draw times: 10.30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and the Lotto Plus draw at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“Players will have more time to play their favourite NLCB online games,” the board said.