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Playwin Lottery Stops Trading

The Playwin lottery is no more. The operators of the Thursday and Saturday Superlotto, Jaldi 5 and Thunderball have stopped trading and entered a Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process following a National Company Law Tribunal on 14 th October. You can read how Pan India Network Limited met its demise in this news story.

Bumper Lottery Bonanza

There has been an outbreak of Bumper Lottery fever with results from three big bumper draws being declared along with a Big Ticker draw.

Jackpots totaling more than в‚№12 crore were on offer in Nagaland, Sikkim and Punjab states.

1. First of the three to declare results was the Nagaland Dear Kali Puja Bumper with a first prize of в‚№2 crore. The results were drawn on 29 th October and the winning ticket number was B13545.

2. Next came the Punjab Diwali Puja Bumper on 1 st November with a в‚№5 Crore jackpot being split between tickets A411577 and B315020. Read about one of the winners below.

3. The third bumper was the Sikkim Diwali Bumper on 2 nd November with another в‚№5 crore. Full results here.

4. Finally the November Big Ticket draw in Abu Dhabi saw Indian national Sreenu Sreedharan Nair win the jackpot prize of AED 15 million, which is more than 280 million rupees. In fact, Indian nationals swept the board in this draw winning all prizes from 1 st right down to 10 th .

From Painter to Crorepati with Diwali Punjab Lottery Win

Last week Sanjeev Kumar was an ordinary painter who made a living painting and whitewashing homes in the Una town centre, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. However, on Friday 1st November, Lady Luck shone down on Kumar as he won one of the first prizes in the Punjab State Maa Lakshmi Diwali Pooja Bumper lottery, 2019. He now has to think about what to do with the Rs 2.5 crore jackpot prize that his winning ticket, number A-411577 landed him. The other jackpot winner has yet to come forward.

Kumar was returning home from a visit to the hospital, where he had been taking his son for a medical checkup when he decided to buy two tickets for the Punjab State Diwali Bumper lottery from a vendor in Nangal. The tickets cost Rs 500 each, so he bought one for himself and one for his son to cheer him up after his hospital visit. After he purchased the two tickets he quickly forgot about them, because he could never imagine winning anything with them, let alone taking the jackpot! After Kumar had found out about his amazing win he was shocked, and when he told his family they did not believe him at first and had to confirm his news with the ticket seller.

Kumar, who lives in the village of Churudu has told the press that his family of a daughter, a son, his wife and his father are all very happy with his win, as it will turn around all their lives in the future. Kumar has said that he wants to spend his winnings on starting his own business as well as securing a better future for his children.

Global Lotteries

This weekend sees the US Powerball jackpot at $50 million while the Mega Millions lottery grows to a huge $145 million. In Italy, the SuperEnalotto jackpot is a very generous €28.6 million and the EuroMillions top prize is worth €95 million. Buy tickets here.

The Playwin lottery is no more. The operators of the Thursday and Saturday Superlotto, Jaldi 5 and Thunderball have stopped trading and entered a Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process following a National Company Law Tribunal on 14th October.

Winners feel cheated

Winners of the Lucky 3 Nagaland Silicon online lottery lodged a complaint with the social service wing of the crime branch on Wednesday. The angry winners alleged that when they approached the authorities, instead of receiving their reward, they were handed over a notification from the Nagaland government, declaring the particular lottery null and void.

Nana Patil, president of the Maharashtra Rajya Vikreta Sangh, along with several lottery winners, have in their complaint alleged that the lottery organisers duped them. “We do not know the Nagaland government; we trust the Playwin authorities and will obviously approach them to make our claims. They claimed that there was complete transparency. So, if the gunmen actually threatened the judges to declare ‘903’ as the winning number at 7.15 pm, the draw should have been replaced,” said Patil. “I have requested the CBI to investigate the matter,” Patil added.

“The innocent lottery buyers are not at fault. They should be given the prize they have won fair and square,” said Umesh Kansal, a lottery retailer who was cornered by angry customers with claims amounting to Rs 15 lakh.

Where the retailers and dealers are facing problems handling customers, the winners cannot digest the fact that they have been denied the prize.

“I bought 10 tickets with the hope that I would win. I could not believe my stars that I had actually won Rs 50,000. I made plans to spend the amount, but when I approached the organisers, all my hopes were shattered when they declared the draw null and void,” said Santosh Gupta, a resident of Goregaon.

Rahul Tangri, assistant vice-president of Playwin, told the Hindustan Times: “Playwin is just a marketing agent for the state lotteries and the onus lies on the Nagaland government. It is up to them to check the security of the draw. The draws are carried out under the supervision of the government and Playwin only receives the recorded tape of the draw kept for transparency.”

“The winners would have received the winning amounts had the draw been valid. The Nagaland government believes a large numbers of tickets were bought against the ‘so-called winning numbers’ and were known to some people in advance. These people were a part of a well-planned conspiracy,” he added.

Tangri said that around 8.30 pm, the authorities got suspicious and judging from the payout per cent of the lottery, they felt some people had bought tickets in bulk of the same number, two hours prior. The trend was that players buy tickets only 15 to 20 minutes before the results. Tangri alleged people from five cities were involved, adding: “We have identified the people and given their names to the police. The culprits will be caught soon.”

Winners of the Lucky 3 Nagaland Silicon online lottery lodged a complaint with the the crime branch, reports Megha Sood. ]]>