South African Lotto owes charities a billion rand
By Linda
As reported by the South Africa Business Day: “Only three cents out of every rand that South Africans have spent on Lotto tickets has been paid to worthy causes.

”And the lottery is more than a billion rand (US$94 million) behind in the payments it is supposed to make to the trust that gives the money to charity.

”So far the lottery operator, Uthingo, has sold R9.3-billion (US$875 million) in tickets. Of that, it has given only R1.6-billion (US$151 million) to the National Lottery Distribution Trust.

”In turn, the trust has made only R439-million (US$41 million) available in the 2001/02 funding cycle and, of that, only R223-million (US$21 million) has actually been paid out. It allocated no money in the 2000/01 cycle.

”This means that just R223-million of the R9.3-billion spent on tickets - 2.6% of it - has found its way to those in need of help. ”…The lottery set itself a target of R13-billion (US$1.2 billion) to be paid to the trust for charities in that period, which means it will still have to pay more than a staggering R11.4-billion (US$1.07 billion) if it is to meet its target.

”…Uthingo has proposed the introduction of a daily lottery to swell its coffers, but the suggestion raised a public outcry, notably from the Social Development Minister, Zola Skweyiya.

”…Uthingo spokesman Shenanda Janse van Rensburg said the company was obliged to introduce new games throughout its seven-year licence period. Research conducted by the company showed that a daily lottery was the 'most favourable.'

”…Adding to the criticism that funds are being allocated too slowly are suggestions that the Non-Profit Partnership could take the board to court over its dual role as regulator and distributor of Lotto funds…”

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