Numbers Lottery

Numbers Lottery

Numbers Lottery

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As of March 2017 the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) was mandated the responsibility to issue, suspend and revoke so-called Wega di Number-licenses and also to adapt the license conditions, where it is deemed necessary.
 

Licensing

A Wega di Number License can be applied for by downloading, filling in and submitting to the GCB the Wega di Number License Application Form, including all required documentation.

• Download Wega di Number License Application Form
 

Legislation and Regulation

The Curaçao lottery sector is licensed and regulated through the Lottery Ordinance 1909 (Loterijverordening 1909, AB 1965, no. 85, z.g.) and applicable national decrees. The Lottery Ordinance 1909 regulates the Wega di Number (Numbers Lottery, Pick 2, 3 and 4), Lotto, Scratch Lottery and Lottery of goods. As the institution responsible for the Wega di Number licenses the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is authorized to issue additional guidelines that form an integral part of the lottery license requirements (e.g. regulation, minimum internal control standards, technical standards, responsible gaming guidelines).
 

Wega di Number License FAQs

‘Wega di Number’, literally translated ‘Game of Numbers’, is a numbers lottery where a pre-requisite for participation is the wagering of a cash amount on one or more 2, 3 or 4-number combinations in order to win a monetary prize.

Yes. Licensed sales offices have to exist, be operational and used in accordance with the Wega di Number License.

Non-existent and non-operational sales offices cannot be included in the Wega di Number License.

Yes. Licensed sales offices have to exist, be operational and used in accordance with the Wega di Number License.

Non-existent and non-operational sales offices cannot be included in the Wega di Number License.

Yes. A maximum of 362 sales offices may be assigned. The maximum per licensee is established at 70.

No. It is prohibited to offer for sale tickets of lotteries that or not organized by or in name of the Government of Curaçao. This includes lotteries from other jurisdictions like Aruba, Bonaire, the USA, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Colombia etc.

Yes. A guarantee fund (‘waarborgfonds’) is set up to secure the payout of prizes.

Annually at the issuance of the license, the licensee is required to deposit in the guarantee fund an amount equal to 10% of the maximum prize package per drawing tied to the license.

When, calculated over several years, at least 60% of the maximum prize package per drawing tied to the license is deposited, no additional deposit by the licensee will be required.

There are no refunds possible of amounts deposited in the guarantee fund.

ATTENTION!
An increase in the number of “series” automatically leads to an increase of the maximum prize package per drawing tied to the license, which in turn leads to an increase of the required deposit in the guarantee fund.

The Lottery Ordinance 1909 has room to issue to Wega di Number licensees a separate license for lotteries to stimulate sales or increase revenue. Participation in these lotteries can be free or with a direct or indirect monetary consideration. However, the required ordinance for the regulation of these types of lotteries has not yet been realized.

No. It is prohibited to offer for sale tickets of lotteries that or not organized by or in name of the Government of Curaçao. This includes lotteries from other jurisdictions like Aruba, Bonaire, the USA, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Colombia etc.

The prizes are legally tied to the series. The prize scheme, based on a nominal ticket value of NAf 1 and the sale of partial tickets/series for NAf 0,50 and NAf 0,25, is as follows. In the case of partial tickets/series, the prizes are paid out proportionately.

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ATTENTION!
No deviations from the legally prescribed prize scheme are allowed.

In every drawing three 4-digit numbers are drawn. The first drawing of the 4-digit number determines the first prize, the second drawing the second prize and the third drawing the third prize.

The last 2 and 3 numbers of each 4-digit number drawn relate to the tickets of the first respectively the second series. The complete 4-digit numbers relate to the tickets of the third series.

In Wega di Number the tickets are divided into 3 series.

• Tickets in the first series are numbered from 00 to 99;
• Tickets in the second series are numbered from 000 to 999;
• Tickets in the third series are numbered from 0000 to 9999.

Yes. Maximum gross sales is determined by the applicant, based on the number of “series” of 2, 3 and 4 numbers requested and included in the Wega di Number License.

Yes. The licensee is prohibited to sell tickets to persons under 18 years old. Should the winner be a person prohibited from participation in the Wega di Number, payout of the prize is to be withheld from that person.

A Wega di Number ticket should at least contain the following information:

• the license number;
• the issuance date of the license;
• the nominal value of the ticket;
• the selling date of the ticket, which is also the date of the drawing;
• the prizes the lottery ticket entitles the holder to;
• the location where the ticket was sold.

The license number and issuance date of the license must also be included in all marketing materials.

A Wega di Number-ticket is sold for NAf 1.13. This amount conststs of:

• The nominal ticket value of NAf 1 plus
• 4% of the nominal ticket value (NAf 0.04) for participation in the Extra Drawing plus
• 9% of the nominal ticket value (NAf 0.09) for sales tax.

ATTENTION!
A deviation from the legally prescribed ticket prize that results in the disturbance of the fixed relationship between the amount wagered and the percentage of prizes awarded, is not allowed. Please refer to the official prize scheme in this section.

The Wega di Number License is valid for one (1) calender year.

Natural persons domiciled in Curaçao and compliant with several legal requirements can apply for a Wega di Number License. These requirements include being of age (at least 18 years old), not being involved in illegal lottery activities, not having lost a license in the last 5 years, not having been convicted irrevocably for deceit, begging, vagabond or pimping and not being a danger to the public order and good morals.

Yes. Providing the opportunity for gambling without a valid license in Curaçao is a crime. A so-called Wega di Number License is required for selling this numbers lottery product in Curaçao.

Yes. Providing the opportunity for gambling without a valid license in Curaçao is a crime. A so-called Wega di Number License is required for selling this numbers lottery product in Curaçao.