Southern African lottery giants fight each other for new Botswanan jackpot

Southern Africa's highly popular lotteries, which offer the prospect of colossal winnings for modestly priced tickets, have over the last two decades become a highly profitable business for the private sector companies awarded government licences to operate them. In Botswana, a tender call for a first national lottery licence has turned into a battle between South African betting giant Ithuba and Botswana's Grow Mine group, backed by Gaborone's political and business elite. [...] (1314 words)
Issue dated 04/01/2021 Reading time 6 minutes
Lottery station with hand-painted advertising adorning the shop in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg.
Lottery station with hand-painted advertising adorning the shop in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. © Kim Ludbrook/EPA/MaxPPP
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