The R $ 162 million winner of Mega-Sena had until this Thursday (31) to redeem his prize, according to the 90-day deadline of the day of the draw. So far, however, he has not appeared. Procon-SP tried to intercede on Monday, notifying Caixa Econômica Federal to identify the person, but the institution took the body away.
According to Procon, as the bet was made electronically, which requires registration and the indication of a credit card to receive payment, the consumer is registered in the system.
In response to the consumer protection agency, Caixa said that the winner had the obligation to claim the prize within the specified period and that the registration made in the virtual environment has the purpose of verifying the fulfillment of the qualification of the interested party as a bettor (civil majority, resident in Brazilian national territory, valid CPF etc.) and not to locate the winners.
Money that is not withdrawn by bettors is passed on to the Higher Education Financing Fund (Fies).
For Procon-SP, on the other hand, there is no justification for Caixa to fail to notify the winner of the Mega da Virada 2020 prize. existence of the prize, automatically, including so that the right to information provided for in the Consumer Protection Code is respected “.
In addition, the agency completes, the institution is basing itself on a 1967 law, which sets the deadline of 90 days to claim the prizes. “This law is from a time when there was no internet, no electronic betting or the possibility of identifying the bettor. It is obvious that this device has been reinterpreted since the 1988 Constitution and the Consumer Protection Code ”.
It is not uncommon for this to happen. Throughout 2020, for example, almost R $ 312 million in unredeemed premiums were redirected to Fies, according to data released by Caixa Econômica Federal.
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