Live Lotto Draw

SABC2 (*192) 21:00 Real­ity

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Ever won­dered what goes on be­hind the scenes of Live Lotto Draw (2000cur­rent)? Pre­sen­ter Zizo Beda says that “there’s a lot more work than view­ers re­alise” tak­ing place for those five min­utes of screen­time, “but it’s worth it,” adds the 28-year-old – and that’s why over 7 mil­lion peo­ple tune in ev­ery Wed­nes­day night in the hopes of strik­ing it lucky with the lotto!

You’re lit­er­ally play­ing with peo­ple’s money – how do you han­dle the pres­sure? There are sys­tems in place to make sure that ev­ery­thing runs smoothly [Laughs]. My prin­ci­pal job is to make sure that the num­bers cor­re­spond. There is some pres­sure be­cause peo­ple have in­vested their dreams based on the out­come of these num­bers. What does a day on set look like? I ar­rive at 17:30, start tech­ni­cal checks and I go through the scripts. We make sure that the mi­cro­phone works and that the teleprompter is in or­der. Then there’s the stylist and make-up peo­ple who make us look glam for the show. By 20:00 we’ve done a walk-through with the floor man­agers to make sure we have a smooth show. Every­body has to be alert and pull their weight, so a lot of ef­fort goes into those five min­utes. It gets a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing when there is a guest in the stu­dio, which can be any­one suc­cess­ful from the com­mu­nity or even a man­ager from a win­ning store. And have you ever bought a lotto ticket? No, not yet [Laughs]. Why did you hop on­board with the show? It is a pos­i­tive show and a lot of peo­ple have in­vested in it. One of the ma­jor as­pects that pulled me to join­ing the team is that is that money from the ticket sales is put back into com­mu­ni­ties and helps those in need.

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