E-lottery system launched


Lottery buyers can now purchase National Lotteries Board (NLB) lotteries through the e-lottery system where customers can purchase tickets via SMS and Web Application.

The initiative was launched by Winning Solutions Holdings - an authorized sales agent of the NLB - to promote and sell lottery tickets via SMS and Web Application.

The initiative will help mobile and internet users to purchase tickets conveniently and efficiently, securing a chance of winning with the least effort and cost.

Using the shortcode 844, Dialog customers are able to request NLB lotteries through their mobile phones by sending SMS messages in predefined formats or by initializing USSD requests and following the menu instructions.

Different lottery codes are introduced for each lottery type and customers can use these codes to buy lottery tickets with the preferred quantity, for example; Mahajana Sampatha – MS, Govi Setha – GS.

There are two modes of purchasing tickets; On-Demand and Subscription. The On-Demand mode can be used for one-time purchasing. Customers can use the Subscription mode to receive tickets periodically at each draw. For example, to buy three Mahajana Sampatha tickets automatically at each draw, type MS 3 and send it to 844.

To buy three Mahajana Sampatha tickets at once, type OMS 3 and send it to 844.

The requested number of tickets will be delivered to customers via SMS messages and the winners will be notified through SMS messages. Prices for lottery tickets will be charged by adding them to the customer’s mobile bill. Information about future draws will also be sent to customers through SMS messages.

In the future, Winning Solutions plans to register customer bank account details and remit the winning money directly to their accounts. Details can be obtained through the hotline 0766844844 or by visiting

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