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Dodgy Lotto tries its luck

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

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.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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