Boledo and Sunday Lottery Return in Belize, but Launch Not Without Technical Glitches
Belize’s Boledo and Sunday Lottery are back, but not without some glitches. Tickets officially went on sale last Friday, with the first draw of the Sunday Lottery held yesterday. We join Reporter Kendra Romero for a look at yesterday’s draw of the winning numbers.
Kendra Romero, Love News: Sunday, December 3 saw the first draw of the lottery under the management of the Belize Government Lotteries Limited. It was a much anticipated event as avid buyers had been forced to take a break from the game back in May when government canceled the Boledo contract with Brad’s Gaming Company. With a revised management system, the staple past-time for thousands of Belizeans made a comeback with ticket sales opening last Friday, December 1. The ticket prices remain the same, and so has the times for each draw, as was seen at ten o’clock Sunday morning.
Armin Arana, Broadcaster: “All this happened so many years ago, I think about 1946 thereabout all this started so this is a long time. Boledo was originally known as Boleto in Spanish that means ticket. That’s why you hear people would always say Boledo Ticket. So one time all this used to be done the way you’d see like they do the bingo and roll it and then roll it back and a number would come out. All of that has been extinct. We now have automatic machines that make these ping pong balls pop up automatically nad giving us the winner.”
Kendra Romero, Love News: One noted change from the old-time Boledo draw was the location. The Treasury Building also referred to as the public building was the place where witnesses would gather to see the game done in real time. This time, however, the gathering was seen inside the Downtown Plaza. Paul Diaz is one, among thousands of faithful Boledo buyers who is excited to have the game up and running.
Paul Diaz, Boledo Buyer: “It’s something that my family has always been doing. Like my grandmother she used to actually sell Boledo. She lived in Dangriga Town and she’d ride all the way to Pomona to actually sell Boledo. So it’s something that we know very well in our family that we do a lot and it’s something that I think every Belizean does. If you don’t drink, if you don’t smoke, most definitely you do play Boledo. So that’s your hobby or crack is Boledo. A lot of people did buy or look forward that they’ll have a little bit of Christmas money or some money to buy a little more grocery to pay that outstanding bill or something.”
Kendra Romero, Love News: Spectators were able to see the proceedings of the draw from start to finish. Prior to the drawing, each ball was weighed by the supervisor. The supervisor then placed each ball into the 5-chamber pick machine and shuffled. The first prize numbers were called: 9, 5, 4, 3 with 43 being the winning single number. 8, 5, 0, 9 was the second prize winning numbers and lastly, 1, 9, 7, 6 was the final prize. “Bigz” was right around the area and says he was hoping 53 would be the winning number.
Bigz: “We were hoping the 53 would play because I had my little numbers set up but so far that system, I don’t know. 43 played. It kinda burned me because I was there too but yeah everything is good with it and we’re glad that the Boledo is back and Belizeans can try again make another little chance.”
Kendra Romero, Love News: The winning numbers will be displayed digitally throughout the week at the downtown plaza location. The weekly Boledo starts 10 minutes after 9:00 o’clock Monday to Friday and Sunday Lottery is at 10:00 am. All draws can be viewed live on Love FM, Love Television and the Love FM’s Facebook page.