Sponsored: The draw is happening live at 7.30pm tonight…

The broadcast of the first-ever Emirates Loto live draw begins at 7.30pm UAE time on Saturday, April 18 and with it, the opportunity for someone to walk away with Dhs35 million.

You can watch it all unfold on the Emirates Loto website, as well as their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

You’ll find that all-important link for the big money draw here: emiratesloto.com

Tune in at 7.30pm local time to see celebrity hosts Wissam Breidy and Aishwarya Ajit kick-off a truly life-changing legacy.

But have you entered the draw yet?

If you haven’t, then the chance of winning any of the cash prizes, is zero.

Taking part is as simple as a few clicks on a website. You play by purchasing collectable cards featuring UAE landmarks, for Dhs35 each.

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These cards can be bought on the emiratesloto.com website, through the Emirates Loto app (available at the Apple and Google Play app stores), or in person at one of the approved retailers, which include most Choithrams stores. Note there is a small delivery fee if purchased online.

Once you’ve bought and registered your collectable cards, you’ll be able to enter the draw. Each card will allow you to register a unique six-digit number which will need to match those selected in the live draw to win.

Those who match three out of six numbers will win another entry into an upcoming draw. If you match four numbers, you’ll win Dhs300. Match five numbers out of six to win Dhs350,000 and match all six to win up to Dhs35 million.

If more than one person matches all six numbers in the same week, the top prize fund will be evenly divided. If no one wins, the prize will rollover and increase by Dhs5 million each week, landing at a maximum of Dhs50 million.

You can buy as many collectables as you wish, there are several designs to choose from and ‘collect’. A collectable must be purchased and you cannot pay simply to enter the draw. Emirates Loto states on its website: ‘As per the Islamic Fatwa and Sharia principles, there needs to be an exchange of value.’

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