Mahzooz is another prominent lottery-style draw in the United Arab Emirates, specifically designed to comply with the country’s legal and cultural norms. Here’s a deep dive into the Mahzooz lottery:

  1. Concept: Formerly known as “Emirates Loto,” Mahzooz offers a weekly draw that allows participants to win significant cash prizes. The concept integrates elements of traditional lotteries and raffles.
  2. Legality: Unlike traditional gambling or lotteries, Mahzooz operates under a different legal framework. Participants buy collectible water bottles for 35 AED (around $9.50) to get a ticket for the draw. The water bottles are then donated to charity, aligning the concept with the charitable and social welfare ethos prevalent in the UAE.
  3. Game Mechanics: After purchasing the water bottles, players receive a ticket with a combination of numbers. Players select six numbers from 1 to 49. During the draw, six numbers plus one bonus number are drawn.
  4. Prizes: Prizes range depending on how many numbers you match. Matching three numbers wins a smaller prize, usually around 35 AED, essentially getting your entry fee back. Matching all six can win you millions of AED, depending on the jackpot and the number of winners.
  5. Draw Frequency: The draw typically takes place every Saturday and is streamed live on Mahzooz’s website. It can also be watched later on their YouTube channel.
  6. Participation: The lottery is open to residents and non-residents of the UAE who are 18 years or older. Tickets can be purchased online, making it accessible to a broad audience.
  7. Odds: The odds of winning are competitive compared to other global lotteries, given the limited number range and the smaller pool of participants.
  8. Tax Implications: The UAE does not impose taxes on lottery winnings, so the amount you win is the amount you keep. However, you should check the tax regulations in your home country if you are a non-resident.
  9. Transparency and Regulation: Mahzooz is regulated by UAE laws and adheres to international best practices to ensure the integrity and transparency of its draws.
  10. Social Responsibility: A portion of the proceeds goes to charitable causes, which not only gives it legal standing but also makes it socially responsible.