When the weekly UAE collectables lottery was launched earlier this year in March, it brought with it a fresh and unique element to traditional lottery games. It held its inaugural draw in April, with some estimated 20,244 UAE residents winning cash and complimentary prizes in the weekly draws.
With no player scooping the grand prize, the jackpot has been stuck on AED 50 million (approximately US $14 million) for several weeks. However, the excitement over the recently launched raffle was short-lived after it was announced that it will be temporarily paused.
The organisers of the Emirates Loto said the suspension was necessary to install updates to the system, allowing for the introduction for more customer-centric touchpoints. It is expected that the lottery game will make a return later this year, however, no date has been set.
A statement issued by the Emirates Loto read, “At Emirates Loto, we are always exploring ways of making your experience with more convenient and enjoyable. So, expect a more customer-centric and seamless experience when we return. While we are upgrading our experiences, we will continue to support communities across the UAE through philanthropic and CSR initiatives in line with our mission and values.”
“The upgrades are scheduled to be completed later this year, at which time the draws will also return. All those that have purchased entries into this week’s draw will immediately have their fees refunded,” it added.
What is the Emirates Loto?
The Emirates Collectable Loto is the region’s first Fatwa-approved and Sharia-compliant digital raffle with weekly live draws. To participate in this lottery game, players need to purchase collectable cards of prominent UAE landmarks either online or through the lotto’s app.
Players can opt to enter a free live draw to stand a chance of winning between AED 35 million (approximately US $ 9,600,000) and AED 50 million (approximately US $14 million). When the collectables are purchased online, players have a choice to donate their collectable to charity rather than arranging for it to be delivered.
What is an Emirates Loto Collectable?
An Emirates Loto Collectable is a card that enables lottery players to play the weekly lottery raffle. These cards come complete with photos of famous UAE landmarks, such as Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, Capital Gate Abu Dhabi and Sharjah’s Al Noor Island Butterfly House.
The cards come in eight varieties, with a new set of eight cards being printed every quarter, making them a limited-edition.
How the Emirates Loto is played
1. Buy the collectable
To play in the Emirates Collectable Loto, you will need to buy one or more collectable, which in essence is your ticket. But to officially enter the lottery, there are still a few steps that need to be followed.
The UAE lottery collectables can be purchased in participating stores in the UAE, via the Emirates Loto website or on their app.
2. Register the collectable
If you want to buy the UAE lottery collectables online or via the app, you will need to register an account to purchase them. For in-store purchases, you will need to visit the lotto’s website, create a login, click on ‘play Loto’, then ‘Register Your Card’ and enter the 16-digit code. The card’s 16-digit code can be scanned on the app once you have logged into your account.
3. Play the Loto
Each collectable you purchase and its unique code gives you one entry into the weekly draw. You can choose whether to play immediately or wait to play at a later time.
To enter the weekly draw, you will need to choose six numbers from 1 to 48 to submit your entry. If there is a set of lucky numbers you like, you have the option to save them as favourites to use in future draws. You can also opt for the Loto to randomly generate your lucky numbers.
UAE lottery players can play a variety of international lotteries on Lotto247
After spending hours choosing your lucky numbers, nothing can be more frustrating than not being able to play your favourite lottery game.
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