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Emirates Loto suspends draws to 'upgrade platform'

Emirates Loto said draws will return in Q4 this year

Emirates Loto suspends draws to 'upgrade platform'

Draw participants must purchase collectable cards in order to take part.

Emirates Loto, a weekly raffle with a current jackpot of AED50 million, has announced that it will suspend its draws until later this year “due to upgrades to the platform”.

The organisers said the updates to the system will “allow for the introduction for more customer-centric touchpoints”. Emirates Loto said the weekly draw will return later this year, by Q4 2020.

“The upgrades are scheduled to be completed later this year, at which time the draws will also return,” Emirates Loto said in a statement.

“All those that have purchased entries into this week’s draw will immediately have their fees refunded,” it added.

The weekly draw was launched in April this year with an initial weekly jackpot of AED35 million, which was then increased in May.

Emirates Loto is Sharia-compliant and was approved by a Fatwa that was issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments in Abu Dhabi no 205/2020. Sharia principles state that there needs to be an exchange of value, and draw participants must purchase collectable cards in order to take part.

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