But wait, there’s more!

The good fortune fairy isn’t finished bestowing gifts.

Two posts earlier I mentioned that I received a relatively large tax return. Angie picked me up from work that day and told me more ridiculously good news.
The National Lottery has granted Optimus R300,000—no strings attached. In other words, they are free to use the money, in part, for salaries.
This in turn means Angie gets paid actual money (she’s been volunteering up until now).

Understandably, I am well chuffed.

It even brings into to question my generally cynical attitude towards the lottery. I’m not the only one who thinks the lottery is a dubious operation. Some people have gone to considerable effort to make socio-political statements regarding its value.
There is Laugh-it-off who rebranded the National Lottery as “The National Robbery,” and the Lotto as the “Lo$$o” in The Laugh It Off Annual Volume 2., and this other hacker dude (who I think LIO ripped the National Robbery concept from) who took the liberty of renewing the lottery’s domain name for them, and hijacking their site back in 2002.
Although the lottery is kind of deceiving the poor into thinking they have a good chance of becoming millionaires, it is actually doing some good. Incredible as it seems, the lottery is helping to do good, just like their adverts imply.

Hmm. Much to consider.

2 thoughts on “But wait, there’s more!”

  1. hmmm, that does have to make one think a bit. And here I thought they were just as corrupt as the government. But if there is money going to Angies place, then I think it would be safe to assume that it is going to other places as well. Well, good on the Lotto!

  2. At the risk of sounding cynical, I suspect that the reality is more like:

    R300,000 -> Optimus
    R3,000,000 -> Various back pockets

    Still, at least the R300k is actually getting through – that’s excellent, and certainly better than nothing.

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