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Charities' long wait for Lotto funds over

By unknown | Jan 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Xolile Bhengu

Xolile Bhengu

More than R222million has been paid out to charities, just three months after Gidani arrived as the new national lottery operator.

The company said the money came from the weekly sales of tickets, from which 34cents of each rand spent by punters is paid to worthy causes.

National Lotteries Board spokesman Sershan Naidoo said the board's National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund is responsible for distributing the funds, not the operator.

He said the fund had no additional funding for six months while issues of the operating licence were being resolved, but it had not affected the process of the allocation of funds to charities, which continued from reserves from former operator Uthingo's contributions.

Gidani said it had introduced GPRS technology, which makes it possible for smaller outlets such as spaza shops to sell lotto


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