Lotto operator Ithuba says it is clear that there was an attempt to hack its systems

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Hackers allegedly attacking Lotto website to expose jackpot winners

Hackers are trying to expose the identities of Lotto winners by attacking the operator's website, as Ithuba executives face allegations of having tampered with Lotto numbers to enrich themselves and their families, Sunday Times reports.

This comes as more than 18 companies battle for the fourth licence to operate the National Lottery in South Africa, for which the Department of Trade, Industry & Competition published a request for proposals in August.
 
To be honest not enough people are questioning the lotto in this country.

Why does the sale close 1 hour before the draw?
Why do away with the physical ball machine for a CGi special?
If they do in-fact know all number combos sold 1 hour before the draw it should be pretty easy to compute a number set that they want.

The trend of the jackpot building is always just too perfect and appears timed. Overseas it appears people don't win for months or years.
 
Remember that legend of a draw where most of the numbers were sequential?


If they're not corrupt (which I doubt), they're definitely incompetent.
I vaguely remember some hooha about that but lotto and gambling don't interest me so I didn't pay any attention.

The mention of hacking caught my attention.

However, the CEO said the live broadcasts ended when the company transitioned to random number generator (RNG) technology.
I didn't know that SA's Lotto wasn't being broadcasted live anymore, likewise I didn't know about the castration of SA's Lotto in favour of (quasi?) random number generation.

Maybe SA's Lotto needs its balls back irrespective of who is running the lottery scam.

The joys of not having to watch SABC, eTV and DSTV.
 
I vaguely remember some hooha about that but lotto and gambling don't interest me so I didn't pay any attention.

The mention of hacking caught my attention.


I didn't know that SA's Lotto wasn't being broadcasted live anymore, likewise I didn't know about the castration of SA's Lotto in favour of (quasi?) random number generation.

Maybe SA's Lotto needs its balls back irrespective of who is running the lottery scam.

The joys of not having to watch SABC, eTV and DSTV.
RNG makes it way easier to fudge.
 
To be honest not enough people are questioning the lotto in this country.

Why does the sale close 1 hour before the draw?
Why do away with the physical ball machine for a CGi special?
If they do in-fact know all number combos sold 1 hour before the draw it should be pretty easy to compute a number set that they want.

The trend of the jackpot building is always just too perfect and appears timed. Overseas it appears people don't win for months or years.
I've been asking this same question since powerball started.

Powerball in the USA, that has a lot more players, can sometimes go up to a billion before someone wins it. Here, it rarely reaches R100mil

I SA it seems every other week someone wins the powerball.
 
Powerball in the USA, that has a lot more players, can sometimes go up to a billion before someone wins it. Here, it rarely reaches R100mil

I SA it seems every other week someone wins the powerball.

Their Powerball odds are a fair bit higher:
Select five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls, then select one number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball.

Versus 1-50 and 1-20 for ours respectively. That's a lot more entropy to account for.
 
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