Sunday 15 September, 2019

NLCB denies rigging draws and disables social media accounts

The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) says it has noted concerns raised in legacy and on social media questioning the integrity of its lotto draws.

This comes after a test-draw was broadcast via social media last Saturday.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NLCB said it wished to clarify these concerns and remind the public of the following:

1 At each draw, the machines used are tested to ensure that calibration of the balls is sound and without default. If any machine is deemed faulty during these tests, they are taken out of the draw and sent to the Bureau of Standards for recalibration.

2 The process happens every day at every draw to ensure the highest integrity and standards are met with regards to our daily draws.

3 What transpired on Saturday, August 25 was simply the airing of a live broadcast, via social media channels, of a test draw rather than an actual draw. Viewers online would have seen CNMG cut from regular programming to do their customary live broadcast while a test draw was being wrapped up. The actual draw was in no way tampered with.

The NLCB further sought to assure the public that it will continue to adhere to international best practice and standards as it continues its operations.

Meanwhile, with respect to spam messages being shared by NLCB’s Twitter account, the Board said it has taken the decision to disable all official social media accounts as evidence has shown that the account in question has been hacked.

The accounts expected to be disabled include, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, while a thorough investigation of the administrative protocols of the company’s digital media platforms is conducted.


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