Jathika Sampatha lottery introduced
The National Lottery Board yesterday introduced a new lottery to the
market named Jathika Sampatha with attractive prizes and a super draw of
Rs 10 million.
The first lottery ticket of the Jathika Sampatha after its
inauguration was handed over to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka
at an auspicious time at the
The first lottery ticket of the new Jathika Sampatha being
handed over to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka at the
Prime Ministerís Office by National Lottery Board Chairman
Chaminda Athuluwage. Minister Athauda Seneviratne also looks on.
Picture by Nishani Liyanage
Prime Ministerís Office by National Lottery
Board Chairman Chaminda Athuluwage. Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickramanayaka wished the lottery success and a bright future.
The first draw of the new lottery Jathika Sampatha will take place on
March 3, 2010. The lottery will be drawn each Wednesday and Saturday.
Ten percent of the income of the Jathika Sampatha lottery draw on
Wednesday will be allocated to the Health Ministry.
A similar percentage will be allocated to the Labour Fund of the
Labour Ministry out of the income of the lottery draw on Saturday.
The Super Draw of the Jathika Sampatha will be Rs 10 million. There
are Rs two million first prizes and a large number of prizes of Rs
100,000, Rs 10,000, Rs 1,000 Rs 100, Rs 50 and Rs 20.
The Suwasetha Lottery which is drawn on Wednesday and on Sunday and
the Shrama Wasana Lottery drawn on Sunday will be replaced by the
Jathika Sampatha lottery draws.
Labour Relations and Manpower Minister Athauda Seneviratne explained
that the money channelled through the lottery would be utilized for the
welfare of workers and the members of their families. Previous
government allocations were not adequate for these purposes.
Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Nihal
Jayathilake stated that it was better if there were a mechanism to get
funds for the Ministry to maintain the free health service and the
lottery would fill the vacuum to a certain extent.
National Lottery Board Working Director H.G. Sirisena and Directors
U.R. Seneviratne, Ravi Abeywardene, J. Sri Warnasinghe, P.D.
Pushpakumara were also present at the occasion.