On the island, the IVU Loto has already gotten off to a rocky start. Although it was supposed to roll-out in the beginning of this year, very few businesses have the IVU Loto system installed in their cash registers. One of the reasons for this long delay is due to the legal battle involving one of the contractors hired to implement the IVU Loto system. As I dig out a bunch of receipts from wallet, including from the major chains such as
Aside from the government's failure, thus far, to fully implement the IVU Loto system, religious leaders have also cried foul. Their argument is that Tenth Commandment clearly states "thou shalt not covet." Participating in the IVU Loto is considered to be a form gambling, which is against their religion. Other critics contend that the IVU Loto will not incentivize underground businesses to emerge from the shadows. The root of the problem is the inefficiency and lack of trust in the local Puerto Rican government. In the meantime, at least some of us sinners will have a shot at winning $1000 every week. That is, of course, if we should actually get a receipt with the IVU Loto number on it. At the moment though, it doesn't seem as though people noticed or care much for it, as some of the IVU Loto winners haven't even bothered to claim their prize money.
To check and see if you have a winning IVU number, click here, and be sure to select "Ganadores."
(Note: The IVU Loto logo was obtained from the website of el Departamento de Hacienda)