Lottery up to R45 million

2010-01-22 00:00

NATIONAL Lottery Operator Gidani is offering South Africans the highest jackpot the country has ever seen since the inception of the lottery in March 2000 — a cool R45 million.

The jackpot is the highest-ever for both the Lotto and PowerBall games.

The biggest jackpot until now was an estima­ted R44 million Lotto prize in February 2003, which was a culmination of four consecutive roll- overs. That jackpot was shared by four players who each received R11,175 032.

Gidani spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said that although the odds of winning the PowerBall game are much higher than those of winning the Lotto, the game has proved that it is winnable.

PowerBall has produced four multimillionaires so far — a R30 million winner from the inaugural draw on October 23, a R12 million winner on October 30, a R7 million winner on November 10, and a R6,9 million winner on November 20.

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