Hungary’s state-owned lottery company Szerencsejáték Zrt. said it would introduce voluntary identification cards for Hungarians who try their luck with its games from the fourth quarter.
Szerencsejáték Zrt. said the cards, which it will issue free of charge, will result in increased security for gamers. They can make note of their lucky lottery numbers, be informed if they win and have their winnings transferred to their bank account. The cards also prevent third parties from collecting the winnings of lost lottery tickets, the company said. The card has a “self-restriction” function, which supports the company’s activities as a responsible lottery company.
The millions of lottery tickets sold each week by the state firm Szerencsejáték Zrt. are an important contribution to the country’s national budget. Since the modern form of lottery was launched in Hungary in early 1957, the largest-ever five-number lottery game win in Hungary was HUF 5.2 billion by a lucky winner in November 2003. Earlier this year, however, a Hungarian lotto player won 22,569,528 euros (6,989,782,821 forint) in the international Eurojackpot lottery game, making him the winner of the largest jackpot in Hungarian history.