What’s a Stadium Lottery?

I have been asked ‘what is a Stadium Lottery’?

The Stadium Lottery idea has been stolen from the successful Sydney Opera House Lottery which paid for the eventual completion of the hopelessly over-budget Opera House. The Opera House went many times over budget because it had never been done before. Opera House supporters bought Lottery tickets every week for 14 years to get it finished.
Our Stadium is going vastly over budget because the costs have been seriously misrepresented to ratepayers to ensure that a series of ‘no turning back’ points were achieved.  

I envisage cash as well as memorabilia prizes such as All black signed footballs, sweaty Highlanders tops, and Carisbrook seats [suitably certified] for use as garden furniture etc. [ – after we have finished using them for the RWC. The new Stadium is unlikely to be finished in time because the CST have been disorganized and left their run too late].

Google search “Sydney Opera House Lottery”
Funds were largely provided by a ‘Opera House Lottery’. Since public fund raising campaigns failed to produce sufficient funding, the lottery was created as an alternative source of funds in 1958, before construction had started. The lottery was prolonged as long as construction lasted.[till 1973]



About Lee Vandervis

My name is Lee Vandervis and I was born in Balclutha 60 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business. I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004. Dunedin City Councillor profile: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/councillors/cr-lee-vandervis
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