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Expect the Unexpected: Draw Validity and Lottery Integrity -

On December 1, 2020, surprising draw results raised attention worldwide.

The numbers drawn in a Powerball drawing in South Africa were 8, 5, 9, 7, 6, in this order. The Powerball number was 10. When sorted from lowest to highest, these numbers created the sequence 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, which raised general suspicion of foul play.

What would you do if your lottery’s major jackpot game drew a pattern?

Join us for a panel discussion examining these unusual draw results and their validity. Hear from international experts on all elements of what happened: how likely the draw result actually was; how it was perceived by the players and the media; how the lottery operator responded to restore trust in the integrity of their draw procedures and results; and how the lottery has fared since the draw.


Moderator Ray Bates
Honorary President of the European Lotteries and Past-President of the Irish National Lottery

Charmaine Mabuza
Chief Executive Officer, ITHUBA HOLDINGS (Operator of the South African Lottery)

Brendan Burns
Chief Lottery Director, ITHUBA HOLDINGS

Helena Pereira
Vice President, Szrek2Solutions

David Boda
Head of Information Security, Camelot and Technical Working Group Member, WLA Security and Risk Management Committee

Gus Fritschie
Vice President, Security Services, Bulletproof