sales will fund new arts centre
the picture of The Esplanade on the Sweep
tickets, those people who buy them will know
that they are contributing to a good cause
and will feel that they have a share in the
centre." -- Mr Jim
Nah from Singapore Pools, on the new
Singapore Sweep ticket (above).
The Straits Times,
Nov 26, 1997
BUY a Singapore Sweep ticket today and you
will help to build the first world-class
performing arts centre here.
For the next four years, all net proceeds
from the sale of the $2 Singapore Sweep
tickets will go towards the construction of
The Esplanade -- Theatres on the Bay, which
costs about $513 million.
The Esplanade will house a 1,800-seat
concert hall, a lyric theatre that can seat
2,000, three smaller indoor theatres, several
outdoor performing areas and a retail
The first phase, comprising the concert
hall, lyric theatre and supporting
facilities, is expected to be completed in
About 80 per cent of the building cost --
or about $409 million -- will be borne by
Singapore Pools, which operates the Singapore
Sweep, Toto and 4-D lotteries.
It has pledged to provide the money over a
To project the new goal, the Singapore
Sweep tickets will display different images
of The Esplanade.
New prizes have also been introduced.
These changes, to start with the January
draw, were made public yesterday by Mr Lim
Boon Heng, the Minister without Portfolio and
The prize changes:
Number of categories for the three-digit
prizes will increase to seven, from the
At the same time, the number of winners in
each category will go up: from 3,300 to
Prize amount for a three-digit winning ticket
will be fixed at $50, instead of $100 for
three of the four categories at the moment.
The amount of the Premium Prize, an
additional prize for all winners in a
particular draw, has been increased, from
$99,000 to $200,000.
This prize is given to those with winning
tickets whose first six digits match the
Only one six-digit number will be drawn for
the Premium Prize.
At present, three such numbers are drawn
Mr Jim Nah, the assistant manager for the
corporate department of Singapore Pools, said
the use of Singapore Sweep tickets to fund
The Esplanade project will give Singaporeans
a sense of ownership of the new arts centre.
"With the picture of The Esplanade on
the Sweep tickets, those people who buy them
will know that they are contributing to a
good cause and will feel that they have a
share in the centre."
Past beneficiaries of the Singapore
Sweep's net proceeds include the National
Council of Social Service, the Football
Association of Singapore and the Singapore
Meanwhile, the Singapore Arts Centre, the
non-profit body put in charge of developing
the complex, has been renamed The Esplanade
Its board of directors has also been
expanded from three to 15, led by Mr Michael
Wong Pakshong, chairman of Sime Singapore Ltd
and the Robinson & Company Ltd Group.
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