Just three months after starting operations, the Emirates Loto digital lottery decided to stop its operations in order to update its platform. In April this year, the operator launched its first official draw.
The reopening of Loto is scheduled for the last months of the year and is expected to return “with a fun and exciting player experience.”
The digital lottery was approved by fatwa and launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) three months ago. The first happy winner got a jackpot of AED350,000 (£ 77,611 / € 87,958 / $ 95,303).
Emirates Loto is described as a collectible product as it brings a famous local landmark on its physical or digital tickets. In addition to purchasing the ticket, customers can participate in an additional free prize draw.
The first weekly live lottery drawing was originally scheduled for March 28, but was postponed to April. The delay was due to compliance with government-mandated measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The operator offers its customers the opportunity to win big prizes and the winnings from the draws would go to finance social and community programs organized by the government.
Both the Emirates Loto website and mobile app will not be available until operations are resumed. Players who have purchased tickets for unsuccessful draws may request a refund of their money.