The Lotto is a classic con to defraud the poor, but it’s always had as its defense the argument that the money gets routed to uplifting the people it’s robbing. But, when there are billions involved, there’s the inevitable corruption. An ongoing investigation by Raymond Joseph, Anton van Zyl and the GroundUp team has relied on data produced by the South African Lotto organisation itself to start investigating where the money is going, thanks to a tool created by OpenUp that makes it easy to explore said data. The investigation just keeps snowballing, with more shocking stories coming out weekly, despite threats, both legal and physical, to the journalists involved.

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