Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

How to play Emirates Loto: the weekly draw has jackpots of up to Dh50 million

The weekly event is fatwa-approved and open to participants from around the world

The new Emirates Loto gives anyone eligible and over the age of 18 the chance to win a weekly jackpot of up to Dh50 million each Saturday.

The draw is fatwa-approved, but how does it work?

How to play the Emirates Loto

1. Buy the 'collectable': To begin with, you have to buy one or more Emirates Loto Collectable, which cost Dh35 each. The collectables are, in essence, your ticket, but there are a few more steps before you have officially entered the lottery, so keep reading. You can buy the collectables in one of more than 10,000 participating stores UAE-wide, via the Emirates Loto app or on the website, emiratesloto.com.

2. Register the 'collectable': If you buy collectables online or via the app, you'll need to register an account and then buy them. If you buy a physical card in-store, you will need to go to the website, create a login, click Play Loto, then Register Your Card and enter the unique 16-digit code. On the app, the card's 16 digit code can be scanned, once logged in.

3. Play the Loto: Each collectable and its unique code will give you one entry to the draw. You can choose to play straight away, or wait. To enter, you will be asked to select six numbers (from 1 to 49), to submit your entry. If there is a run of numbers you particularly like, you can save them as favourites to use again, or you can ask the Loto to randomly generate your selection.

What are Emirates Loto Collectables?

The current series of Emirates Loto Collectables. Emirates Loto 
The current series of Emirates Loto Collectables. Emirates Loto

Emirates Loto Collectables are the cards that enable you to play the Loto. They come complete with photos of famous UAE landmarks, including Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, Capital Gate Abu Dhabi and Sharjah's Al Noor Island Butterfly House. There are a total of eight varieties to collect and a new set of eight cards will be printed every quarter, making them limited-edition.

When buying online, you can choose to have the card or cards delivered to you for a fee of Dh15, or donate the card(s) to charity.

Once you have the card (digital or physical) and its 16-digit number, you can choose to play immediately, wait until a future draw or not play at all.

The Emirates Loto website explains of the collectables: "The only way to participate in the draw is to purchase an Emirates Loto Collectable. Each collectable provides you, should you choose to opt-in, with one complimentary entry to the draw."

How do I know if I have won?

Winners will be contacted by Emirates Loto – when you register, ensure that your email address and mobile number are up to date. You can also watch the draws live.

The Emirates Loto has been postponed until later in the year. Courtesy: Emirates Loto
The Emirates Loto draws are being held in an audience-free studio, in measures to stem the spread of Covid-19. The National

For past draws, you can check the winning numbers through the website and app in the "Previous Draws" section.

How much do you win?

The jackpot is set at Dh35 million and it goes up by Dh5m every week there is no winner of the Match Six Prize (the full jackpot), until it reaches the cap of Dh50m. The jackpot this week is Dh50m.

In the event that there are two or more Match Six winning participants, the advertised prize is divided between winners.

If you have five out of the six winning numbers, you can win up to Dh1m; with four out of six numbers, win Dh300; with three out of six numbers, you win entry into a future draw.

Who can play?

To play, you have to be over the age of 18. The Emirates Loto is open to UAE residents and participants from around the world, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria, specified in the Terms and Conditions.

There is a series of blacklisted countries, and residents of the internationally blacklisted countries are not able to play – this list is subject to change.

If your UAE visa has expired, you are still eligible to enter the draw, provided you have valid national identification and are not ineligible to enter the draw on other grounds.

International winners who have won are eligible to collect their prize, but any taxes that apply in their home country will need to be borne by the winner.

For more information, or to enter the Emirates Loto, visit emiratesloto.com or download the Emirates Loto mobile app.

Updated: May 12, 2020 04:40 PM

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