The National Lottery Authority (NLA) says it has reviewed the timelines for the payment of winning prizes and tickets after every draw.
The Authority says there will be delays in effecting the wins. These delays would normally take a number of days.
It cited the coronavirus pandemic and upsurge in activities of lotto fraudsters as the reasons for this change in a statement.
“Inasmuch as we are ever willing to satisfy the staking public, lotto discounters and lotto marketing companies, it is equally important for NLA to also take pragmatic steps to protect the lives of the employees of the Authority in this difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Due to the shift system currently administered by the Authority, validation and payment of winning tickets would reasonably delay and we are respectfully appealing to the staking public, lotto discounters and lotto marketing companies to exercise patience since we are not in normal times,” it stressed in its statement.
In addition to this, the Authority said that it has to “properly investigate winning tickets before payment due to the rising activities of lotto fraudsters in the lottery industry” hence the delay in the timelines for the payment.
The NLA further pleaded with its stakeholders to exercise patience with the new developments.