The Prosecutor’s Office Asks Lotteries to Report on the ‘Incident’ in the Christmas Draw

March 4, 2024 | Lottery News

The Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court has asked Judge  Alejandro Abascal  of the Central Court of Instruction number 6 to obtain a report from State Lotteries and Betting (Loterías y Apuestas del Estado) on the  ‘incident’ during the extraordinary Christmas draw , after more than a dozen complaints for manipulation of the balls, according to legal sources consulted by Europa Press.

The controversy broke out on  December 22 , when some images were spread on social networks showing how the person in charge of putting the drum into operation  introduced a ball by hand , when all the balls that have the numbers in play fall directly from the hopper before the draw begins.

An individual filed a complaint for an  alleged crime of fraud  before the National Court, which fell to Judge Abascal, who transferred it to the Prosecutor’s Office to report on the appropriateness of opening investigation proceedings or directly filing the matter.

During the following weeks there was a trickle of complaints that now  exceeds ten , according to legal sources consulted by Europa Press, all related to the same gesture of the person in charge of the drum recorded by the television cameras that broadcast the draw due to the presumption of fraud in Christmas lottery.

Now, the Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court, far from requesting the file, considers that this instance is competent to hear the reported facts and proposes to the judge that, as a means of proof, he asks the State Lottery and Betting Society of the State (SELAE)  report on “the reported incident”. It also wants SELAE to report on “whether there is a protocol for such cases and whether it was applied”, as well as to send the entire recording of the draw.

At the time, SELAE issued an explanatory statement in which it explained that  “one of the circumstances foreseen in the process of introducing the balls into the drums is that some of them may bounce outwards . ” “In that case – the note stated – the established protocol indicates that the operator responsible for introducing the balls into the drum must proceed to manually introduce them into it.”


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