Archive for April 30th, 2007

source: BBC Sport

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Blatter will appear on BBC One’s new Inside Sport programme on Monday

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted football’s governing body has contingency plans in case South Africa cannot host the World Cup in 2010. South Africa’s preparations have been dogged by delays and there are fears its stadia will not be ready.

Blatter told BBC One’s new Inside Sport programme: “Other countries are ready to organise the World Cup”, although he implied they would not be needed.

Blatter cited a list of countries that could step in [continue reading]

source: IOL

April 29 2007 at 02:17PM

The government has broken its own deadline for resuming the Lotto, said the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday.

DA MP Pierre Rabie, the party’s spokesperson on trade and industry, said Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa had promised when suspending the Lotto that it would be operational again within one month.

“Now, one month later, still no progress has been reported,” said Rabie.

“If Minister Mpahlwa has any intention of restoring the Lotto to credibility, he needs to step up to his responsibility and outline how and when the clear and swift recovery of the national lottery will be done.”

Rabie said Mpahlwa and his department had made [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 30 2007 at 05:14AM

Lottery by numbers

# The first draw was held on March 5 2000.

# The total number of millionaires so far is 714.

# The total number of winning tickets is 310 137 815. The highest level of sales recorded in any draw was more than R80-million (Lotto and Lotto Plus) in draw No 543, for a guaranteed R30-million jackpot, on March 4 2006.

# Last year, the R1,2-billion raised by the lottery was distributed to 2 039 beneficiaries.

# Since its inception, more than R6,1-billion has been raised for good causes, of which R4,6-billion has been allocated.

# The average number of players per week is 6 300 000.

# The biggest guaranteed jackpot was on March 3 this year, at R35-million. Total sales for this draw were R75 483 553 and the jackpot was shared by nine players.

# The title of the biggest jackpot winner is held by a man in his late 50s from the west of Johannesburg, who won R34 256 346 after playing for only R50.

Source: National Lotteries Board annual report 2006 and NLB website.

o This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on April 29, 2007