Lottoland has recently prevailed in its appeal in Australia and online lottery business against a man who claimed to have won approximately $173.45 million because of what he felt was a good choice on the multi-jurisdictional PowerBall game of the United States.
The Gibraltar-based operator has been operating in Australia since 2016, according to a Wednesday study by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and offers online punters in select foreign jurisdictions the chance to compete in some of the most rewarding lottery competitions on the planet for the opportunity to bank life-changing cash prizes frequently exceeding $100 million.
The broadcaster claimed that earlier this year, after Lottoland rejected his alleged win by arguing that he had actually put his wager on his own US Power title, the dissatisfied customer referred to only as ‘Mr O’ filed his complaint with the Northern Territory Racing Commission. The decepted man also allegedly declared that the operator had engaged in ‘misleading and dishonest actions’ by using logos for his in-house jackpot contests that closely mimic those of the far more lucrative PowerBall game.
Lottoland, however, allegedly denied the claims of the player and further affirmed that it did not give bets on international lotteries because last year it was prohibited by federal rules from doing so. In addition , the company allegedly detailed that it routinely tells Australian players that its jackpot contests are related to the performance of foreign financial markets before announcing that it claims that ‘Mr O’ had actually submitted its presumed winning PowerBall numbers after the official draw in the United States had been carried out.
A statement from Lottoland reportedly read: “A reasonable person could be led to believe ‘Mr O’ knew the winning Powerball numbers before placing his bet on US Power.”
The broadcaster announced that this was the second time Lottoland was hit with such dishonest activity claims in the previous twelve months after it rejected a win of just over $91.83 million claimed by a pointer named ‘Ms B.’ In this case, after successfully arguing that the player had actually put her wager on her own Thu Jackpot title instead of the PowerBall game, the operator allegedly avoided punishment, which is irrelevant, except that their draws take place on the same day of the week.
But it is confirmed that the body representing domestic lottery companies in Australia has confirmed that the two recent cases have raised some serious questions as to whether Lottoland depends on the frustration of its players to make money. Ben Kearney, chief executive of the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association, allegedly said that the name of the operator can also generate the misconception that it provides conventional lotteries involving random drawing of numbers.
A statement from Kearney reportedly read: “These examples show us that consumers are being potentially confused by these products, thinking that they’ve bought something that they haven’t. If you’ve got ‘lotto’ in your name and you’re not a lottery, and a lottery is very clear and concise what a lottery is, [then] I’d say that it potentially confuses people.”