The Corona Virus (Covid-19) seems to be re-shaping the world, in every aspect. These changes include the New Zealand Lotto. Countries around the globe are imposing a lockdown, so they control the spread of the new virus. New Zealand is will shortly be under national level 4 shutdown. Therefore, Lotto NZ has decided to reassure its players and enable the sale of the tickets online.
NZ Lotto Players to Buy Tickets Online – Says NZ Lotto
Local NZ local lottery customers will be able to purchase tickets online, even during the lockdown duration. However, there will be no sales for the NZ Lotto tickets in the stores. Lotto NZ generates funding for New Zealand, as 100% of its profits go to help more than 3000 good causes in the communities. The Lotto is one of the main funders of the New Zealand Film Commission, Creative New Zealand and Sport New Zealand. Therefore, the Lotto is going to operate online during the national lockdown so it can continue to fun the community and the righteous causes. As per the announcement of NZ Lotto through Chris Lyman, the CEO, the communities will need that funding more than ever, especially after Covid-19.
NZ Lotto also stated that the draws will go ahead, as usual, tomorrow night and that New Zealand residents will be able to buy tickets online or in-store. However, after 11:59 tomorrow night, all Lotto stores will be closed until New Zealand lifts the Level 4 Alert. It will also include all Lotto NZ Counters in dairies, supermarkets, and pharmacies. These places will be open to offering essential services only. The lottery also stated that they understand that some customers might feel a disappointment for not being able to buy tickets form stores. On the other hand, all businesses have to adapt to this new reality in this unprecedented time.
Computers to Generate the NZ Lotto Draws
Lotto NZ is going to conduct draws that are generated by. The reason behind that is its inability to hold live Lotto draws during the Alert 4 lockdown. The Lotto is also trying to reassure its customers that all winning Powerball, Strike, and Lotto numbers are under the scrutiny of Audit New Zealand. The Lotto will use a sophisticated and well-tested draw process. It is the same method that the lottery used before on the draw that took place on the 26th of October of last year. It was not possible to have the draw at the TVNZ studios due to fire at the Sky City Convention Center.
Claiming the Lottery Prize
Those who get the winning numbers will not be able to go to a store and claim the prize physically. They will have to put it in a safe place, as they will need the physical ticket when they claim the reward when the stores re-open. Customers will have a full year to claim the prize.