No tata ma chance everyday, rules Erwin

Minister of Trade and Industry Alec Erwin has decided that it would be "inappropriate" to have a daily lottery, after a meeting with national lottery operator Uthingo.

Panna Kassan, head of media at the Department of Trade and Industry, said a statement regarding the minister's decision was due to be made on Tuesday.

In October last year Uthingo had suggested implementing a daily game, but Erwin put a hold on the plans.

He decided on Friday against implementing the game, called Keno, on a daily basis. Erwin, however, told Uthingo that alternative games would be considered.

Keno would have allowed people to choose from 50 numbers and, as media relations manger Shenanda Janse van Rensburg said, the odds of winning were greater than in the current Lotto game.

"The prize structure would have been different. The daily jackpot prize would have been R60 000 and the price of a ticket would start at R1,50," Janse van Rensburg added.

She said that throughout Uthingo's licence period, it would still search for other possible games to implement.

Uthingo chief executive officer Humphrey Khoza was optimistic that new games would be introduced.

He also pointed out that since the introduction of the national lottery three years ago, Uthingo had paid out R815-million to charities.

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