Barely after two years, the free-to-air television station e.tv will once again host live SA Lotto draws with effect from Saturday 2 April 2011. The SA national lottery Operator Gidani spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said the PowerBall draws would however continue to be broadcast by the SABC for now. Tulwana explained the move to e.tv was purely for commercial reasons. They lost the previlege to host the lucrative game draws in March 2009.
Monde Twala, Group Head: e.tv Channels Division said: “We are excited to welcome the live South African Lotto draw back on our channel. Internationally, it is uncommon that an independent television channel is given the honour to broadcast national lottery draws. This is testimony that e.tv has established itself as a household name across the country.”
The LOTTO draws would still be conducted live at 9:30pm on Wednesdays and Saturday evenings concluded Tulwana.