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Why is Lotto money not going to the poor?
"It's their own fault," Lotto organizers explain
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This lottery ticket was incorrectly filled out by a poor person on Saturday 17th March 2001.

Thabo Mbeki
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The South African National Lottery, despite being set up to help the poverty stricken masses of South Africa, doesn't really seem to be doing much for the poor. In fact, they have received little of the money earmarked for their upliftment.

The question on everyone's lips is "Why?" As it turns out, the answer is more obvious than anyone realized, until now.

It's the poor people's own fault, again.

"Poor people just keep on choosing the wrong numbers", said National Lottery spokesperson, Victor Dlamini.

"They have the same chance as anyone else in this country, but unfortunately not enough of them pick the correct combination of numbers."

"It's ridiculous. You give them a piece of paper showing incorrect numbers together with the correct numbers, and they simply cannot distinguish between the two. You'd almost think they want to stay just where they are in life."

"They have no ambition, and no common sense," he concluded. "They just want everything handed to them on a silver platter. Well, maybe it's time they realized that if you want food and rent and sanitation and other luxuries, you have to put in a bit of effort yourself. All we're asking is that they pick six little numbers. Is that so much to ask?"

When South African president Thabo Mbeki was asked why he didn't find a more suitable way of uplifting poor people, he eventually replied, "…we need to be able to dream. Rich or poor. To [overcome] the inherent misery of our lives. Life is but a stage, and all the men and women only players who strut about and [choose the wrong Lotto numbers]. And then they die."

In closing, he intoned: "There's an old saying: Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat fish the rest of his life. Teach a man to play the Lotto, and he'll dream about eating [for] the rest of his life."


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