New Lotto game met with scepticism locally

2009-10-24 00:00

“THE new Powerball game is complicated. The people do not understand it and yet they still play it,” said the operator of a local Lotto outlet about the new lottery game that was recently introduced by Lotto operator Gidani.

The new game will premiere tonight with a R30 million jackpot.

It will be broadcast every Wednesday and Friday at 9.30 pm on SABC 2, and it costs the same as the regular lottery at R3,50.

However, it is played a little differently.

It consists of a top section with numbers from one to 45, of which five must be chosen, and below there is a Powerball grid with numbers from one to 20, of which one must be selected, and a total of six balls will be drawn.

There are eight prize categories ranging from five numbers plus the Powerball to one number plus the Powerball. And if there are no winners, the prizes roll over until there is a winner.

The operator, who did not want to be named, stopped short of calling the Powerball a scam. “The problem is with the way it’s formatted — you don’t know when you have actually won.”

She said that at R21 per ticket, she considers it a waste.

However, she said, “I have had hundreds of people coming in to play as they have been enticed by the R30 million jackpots. They have been coming in since last week because they had thought the Jackpot was last week.”

Powerball, with Wina Manje (the scratch card game), Sport Stake, LU and Lotto Plus, is the fifth game in the South African national lottery.

On its website, Gidani quotes Thembi Tulwana, manger of corporate affairs, as saying it is launching Powerball in fulfilment of its licence commitment.

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