Live Lotto Draw

Wed­nes­days SABC2 (*192) 21:00 Re­al­ity

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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.

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