The lottery of the Zimbabwe Banking Corporation was once won in 2000 by Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe.
The president, who in year 1999 awarded himself and his cabinet salary hikes of up to 200%, hit the 100,000 Zimbabwe dollars (about $2,600) jackpot in a promotional draw organised by the Zimbabwe Banking Corporation Zimbank. “Master of Ceremonies Fallot Chawawa could hardly believe his eyes when the ticket drawn for the Z$100,000 prize was handed to him and he saw His Excellency RG Mugabe written on it,” the bank said in a statement.
The lottery was open to all clients who had kept Z$5,000 or more in their accounts. The bank said Mr Mugabe’s name had been drawn from among thousands of eligible customers.
The prize would represent a considerable amount of money to most people in Zimbabwe, where minimum wages start at less than Z$1,000 ($26) a month, and where half the workforce is unemployed.