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Caixa Econômica suspends contests of the Federal Lottery, Loteca and postpones Double Sena

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With the country's most famous draw, the Mega Sena, nothing will change (Photo: Shutterstock)

Caixa Econômica Federal suspended the draws of the Federal Lottery for three months and those of the Loteca temporarily. As announced over the weekend, Mega Sena and other contests remain unchanged.

The exception, however, was for the special Easter draw of the Double Sena, which was postponed from 11/04 to 04/25 (according to the note, tickets purchased in advance are still valid).

Regarding the suspension of the Federal Lottery, one of the oldest competitions in Brazil, the institution said that the measure is valid for extraction nº 5478. The draw was scheduled to be held on March 21.

In a note sent by the bank's advisory to the Bitco Portalin on Tuesday (24), Caixa Econômica stated that the tickets already purchased by the bettor are still valid.

"We reinforce that all tickets already available are still valid, and Caixa will announce in July / 2020 the new draw calendar", says the text.

Loteca da Caixa

Loteca sweepstakes – which was originally called the 'Sports Lottery' and is based on football game results – are also temporarily suspended.

As explained by the entity, the reason was the suspension of international, national and state championships of male and female football, due to the coronavirus.

According to the note, “it is not possible to organize the grids of the sport”.

"After the normalization of the championships, Caixa will publish the new draw calendar," said the entity.

Mega-Sena Contests

The Mega-Sena sweepstakes, which are held twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays – remain unchanged, as are the other contests in other sports.

Also according to the note, Caixa said that it reduced public access to Espaço Loterias Caixa, located in the Tietê terminal, in São Paulo, and the stage for official draws.

Therefore, says the note, "the live monitoring of the sweepstakes can be done on television, on Loterias Caixa's social networks and on the official website, through the 'transmission of sweepstakes' tab.

"It is possible to follow the full transmission of the initial procedures for opening briefcases and loading the globes and, after the draws, closing and closing," he added.

Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, the institution reinforced that there are several other ways to register games without leaving home.

“In addition to the lottery units, CAIXA Lotteries also provide digital channels, such as CAIXA Internet Banking (IBC), Portal and App Loterias CAIXA”, he concluded.

However, on Thursday (26), President Jair Bolsonaro expanded the list of essential services and included lotteries and churches.


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