Mufti Muhammad Ashraf Saheb of South Africa responds to the question: Is it permissible for poor people to accept money won from lotteries to satisfy their basic needs?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from South Africa, in:
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Mufti Muhammad Ashraf
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Mufti Muhammad Ashraf Saheb of South Africa responds to the question: Is it permissible for poor people to accept money won from lotteries to satisfy their basic needs?

It is permissible for poor people to take lottery money which is donated to them so long as they do not know the true source of the money. If they are aware of the fact that the source of the money given to them is the lottery, then it will not be permissible for them to accept the money. The donor should not make an intention of receiving reward as the money which he is donating is haram (forbidden) and he must repent for engaging in this wrongful act of gambling.