Lockdown Lottery gets the boot

The Counties Manukau Rugby Union has been asked by the Department of Internal Affairs to cancel our Level 2 Lockdown Lottery ticket promotion.

After receiving a complaint from a member of the public, the DIA brought it to our attention on Thursday afternoon that our promotion was potentially in breach of the Gambling Act 2003.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket so far will be offered a full refund if they are unable to attend next Saturday’s Mitre 10 Cup game against Tasman at Navigation Homes Stadium.

“We’d like to apologise for our oversight here,” CMRFU chief executive Aaron Lawton said.

“Obviously the current lockdown rules in Auckland make it really hard to promote our upcoming matches and we wanted to generate a bit of interest ahead of the Mitre 10 Cup.

“We inadvertently launched a promotion that has been deemed a potential breach of the Gambling Act and have made immediate steps to address this.”

Tickets for the upcoming game against Tasman will revert back to the normal price immediately with fans offered a refund if they are unable to attend due to potential COVID restrictions.