According to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, The Lottery is not classified as an essential service during lockdown.
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a media briefing on Saturday, The Lottery is not classified as an essential service and tickets may not be sold during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Despite the restriction on ticket sales, Ithuba went ahead with a massive R228 million PowerBall and PowerBall Plus jackpot draw.The sale of Lottery tickets by retail outlets was continuing while all other in-person forms of gambling had been stopped because of the stringent lockdown regulations.
NLC spokesman Ndivuho Mafela issued a statement on 3 April that indicated there was an exemption allowing the sale of Lottery tickets during the lockdown.
“As the regulator of the National Lottery, the NLC has taken note of the presidential lockdown directive and as such, has activated an exemption clause on lottery play in South Africa,” Mafela said in the statement.
“The rules are absolutely clear…[they] are not an essential product,” Patel said in response to the question.
“They are not in the regulations as an essential product and so Lotto tickets are not able to be sold … They should not be sold at the moment.”
While the sales of Lotto tickets at retail outlets are prohibited, people can use Hollywoodbets and do it online.
Hollywoodbets has a variety of Lotto draws.
Click here and sign up for Hollywoodbets.
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