A lottery can be rigged, but it’s unlikely to happen in countries with strict regulations and oversight of the lottery system because they are closely monitored to ensure that the games are fair (more so than ‘games of skill’) and that the winning numbers are chosen randomly.
But it’s ‘always a good idea to be cautious and to only participate in reputable lotteries to reduce the risk of being scammed, especially on platforms like Facebook that sometimes allow fake ads and phishing links.
Trade Promotion Lotteries
Trade promotion lotteries seem to be a loophole to get around acquiring an actual license or authority to run lotteries in Australia. Some opportunistic folks may see it as a way to bypass stricter regulations with actual lottery licenses or cut down the costs of acquiring them.
There are also many types of trade promotion scams that target consumers, which can take many forms, such as fake offers or fraudulent trade shows or exhibitions. Some trade promotion scams are designed to steal sensitive information, while others are intended to defraud consumers of money.
It’s essential for consumers to be aware of these scams and to take steps to protect themselves, such as verifying the credibility of a potential seller before entering into a transaction and being cautious of offers that seem too good to be true.
A rapidly growing number of trade promotion lotteries have increased consumers’ distrust of lotteries in general because they feel like dodgy marketing practices are deceiving them. For example, Cars For A Cause allegedly promoted itself as a charity.
“I believe this is a ‘legal scam’ which sails in between the loopholes in the lottery legislation. Let me be clear – this is not a charity, it is a business. If you are comfortable with this, by all means buy tickets. Just make sure you are doing it with your eyes open.” – Tim L.
And while some lottery ticket buyers may be upset or even complain just because their numbers weren’t chosen and they didn’t win the draw – it’s important to keep a keen eye out for potentially rigged or misleading lotteries.
You can contact your state or territory gambling department if you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a particular lottery operation.