Free lotteries in Kenya – what you need to know

Free lotteries, also known as no-cost or zero-cost lotteries, have gained momentum in Kenya as a novel way to engage with the public and offer exciting rewards without any monetary investment. These lotteries are typically sponsored by various companies, brands, or organizations as a marketing strategy to promote their products or services. They are conducted online through websites or mobile applications, and participation is usually open to anyone with a valid Kenyan phone number or email address.

Free lotteries are often promoted through social media, online advertising, and word of mouth, which further amplifies their reach and impact.

Are those free lotteries worth playing?

To answer that question, you have to understand what the company holding that lottery is interested in. Most of the time what they want is to collect contact data for potential customers. By participating in a free lottery, you give them the right to send you their promotional messages via email or SMS. In some cases, they will even call you to sell their product.

So you have to think about it, do you really want to give up those personal details? In a worst-case scenario, your contact info may end up in a list that will be sold to a number of interested parties, and you end up receiving a large number of spam emails and SMS messages.

LottoPawa, on the other hand, will never share your personal info with third parties, so you do not have to worry about too much spam.

Whenever you see a free lottery offered in Kenya, there is no way of being sure the winnings those free lotteries promise you will actually be paid out. Maybe they will just present some fake winner, but no money is actually being paid out for real. And even if they did pay out some winners, you will not know what your actual chances are.

Difference between free lotteries and actual, licensed lotteries

A licensed lottery such as LottoPawa will always charge you a price for buying a ticket. They will also inform you about the different prize tiers you can win, how the draw works, and what your mathematical chances of winning are. Free lotteries do not do all of that.

By the way, if you want to know if a specific lottery is trustworthy and fair, there are ways to know that. Here are some tips:

  • Check if the lottery is licensed by the Betting Control and Licensing Board. The BCLB is the Kenyan regulatory authority for gaming. Every gambling operation, sportsbook, and lottery must be approved and monitored by them.
  • Take a look at the lottery website. Is the information about how to win, and how much you can win, well hidden somewhere on page 12 of their terms and conditions? Well, in that case, you should think twice about spending money on a ticket for that lottery.

On LottoPawa, all that info is easily available. And we do have two free games which offer free money to be won – the Silver Wheel and the Golden Wheel. Those are not actual lotteries, mind you – they are bonus games you can play after signing up (Silver Wheel), and after you purchase your first LottoPawa ticket (Golden Wheel).

So while our actual lottery tickets are not for free, we do offer our players free opportunities to win extra money.

Conclusion about free lotto games

While free lotteries do work for the companies that organize them, their value for the general public is not very high, and your chances to win a substantial prize usually do not outweigh the risks that are connected with freely giving away your personal data.