Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05021163 (posted Feb. 11, 2005)"
Office of the Spokesman
February 10, 2005
2006 Diversity Visa Lottery Registrations
Over 6.3 million entries for the 2006 Diversity Visa Lottery were received
during the two-month electronic registration period, from noon on November 5,
2004, through noon January 7, 2005.
The electronic registration process continues to increase the Department's
ability to screen against duplicate and other fraudulent entries. Anti-fraud
technology in use for the 2006 Diversity Visa Lottery detected 31,334 exact
duplicates, which were then eliminated from the eligible entry pool. An
additional 5,221 entries were eliminated through the utilization of facial
recognition and knowledge discovery software.
In response to demand for electronic lottery registration, the Department
tripled the number of servers hosting the registration website for the 2006
lottery. In addition, persons submitting entries to the 2006 lottery received a
notice of receipt containing the name, date of birth, and country of
chargeability for the registrant, as well as a time/date stamp when entries had
been successfully registered.
The number of winning entries by country of chargeability will be available
later this year, after the random lottery process is complete.
There have been several instances of groups or individuals attempting to
defraud Diversity Visa Lottery entrants. Lottery entrants selected as winners
in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified by the Department of State's
Kentucky Consular Center. No other organization or company is authorized by the
Department of State to notify Diversity Visa Lottery entrants of their winning
Notification of winning entries will be sent to the winning entrants by mail
only between May and July 2005 and will provide further instructions, including
information on fees connected with immigration to the United States.
Released on February 10, 2005