Huge interest in the receipt lottery draw

After months of delays, the first receipt lottery was conducted on Thursday, with the lucky 1,000 taxpayers set to collect 1,000 euros each in cash next week. The measure is intended to encourage the use of electronic transactions to boost state revenues and contain tax evasion.

Despite original plans to include all electronic transactions carried out between the beginning of this year and October 31 in yesterday's draw, in the end it only included October's card and e-banking transactions. According to data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, the 8 million transactions that entered the draw exceeded 2.1 billion euros in total, concerning some 4.5 million taxpayers.

IAPR head Giorgos Pitsilis confirmed that the cash prizes will be credited to the winners' bank accounts next week, after they have informed the authority of their IBAN numbers via its website...

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