Live Lotto Draw
Wednesdays SABC2 (*192) 21:00 Reality
When it comes to handling money, the people behind the Live Lotto Draw (2000-current) are experts! Those five minutes are preceded by hours of prep work, technical checks and security to make sure that each draw goes off without a hitch, as producer Angela Boef revealed to us…
The seven lottery machines were 1
built “internationally” but Angela won’t reveal in which country. There are also 10 individual ball sets that are used – they are handled under supervision and with specially made gloves. The machines are also locked up every night in an individual storage box, with 24-hour protection.
To keep things random, the team 2
get the public to choose machine and ball set numbers twice a week.
The Live Lotto Draw is 100% live 3
TV and there is no delay. If a technical glitch happens – and it does! – a re-draw is done on the same night but just at a later timeslot.
The five-minute slot takes over 4
three hours to prepare. The crew arrive at 17:00, with presenters like Zizo Beda, and guests rehearsing at 18:00. Then there’s a series of technical runthroughs from 20:30 to 20:50.
Current operator Ithuba is the 5
third company to run the lottery draw. Uthingo were the initial licence holders when the show started in 2000 and they were replaced by Gidani in 2006. Ithuba took over in 2015 when their bid was successful after Gidani’s licence renewal ran into legal issues.