Cellular network operator Vodacom has introduced a new service that allows SA consumers to play the Lotto via their mobile phones and desktops. The service is also available to subscribers to other networks.
Should a consumer win money playing the National Lottery, they will be notified via SMS about their winnings and the funds will be automatically credited to an electronic wallet that is created when consumers register to play.
Users have to deposit money into this wallet via electronic funds transfer or cash deposit, which is then used to play the lottery.
“Customers will now be able to play the National Lottery anywhere, even in the comfort of their own homes,” says Vodacom digital media managing executive Prins Mhlanga. “They also don’t need to worry about losing their National Lottery tickets because they will have a record of all the games played.”
The service is operated by Vodacom in partnership with Gidani, the National Lottery’s operator, and Lidonga Technology and Telecoms. — (c) 2012 NewsCentral Media
Ways to play the lottery with Vodacom
|VODACOM ELECTRONIC CHANNELS||TRANSACTION COSTS|
|Vodacom website www.vodacom.co.za/lotto||Standard data rates apply based on data package|
|Mobi site http://vodacom.mobi/lotto||Standard data rates apply based on data package|
|Dialling *120*6173# and follow the prompts||20c per 20 seconds or part thereof up to three minutes for Vodacom customers. Applicable rates will be charged to customers from other networks|
|Send an SMS to 39850 with the words ‘Signup’ followed by ID number, name, and surname. (No spaces between ID number)||50c for Vodacom customers. Applicable premium-rated SMS rates will be charged to customers from other networks|
|Bank transaction fee for Cash deposits and EFT transactions||R7,78|
|If you need a pay-out, a once off bank validation fee for FICA purposes is required||R8,50|
|For pay out from electronic wallet into your bank account there is a bank transaction fee||R7,50|
|SMS notifications and confirmation for play and all value added services such as balance enquiries on the electronic wallet or winning numbers||25c|