The voluntary tax on innumeracy, otherwise known as the national lottery, got a boost Monday with the delivery of the first of 20 kiosks as sales outlets for those vendors who have vision problems.
The Municipalidad de San José, Banco Popular and the Cooperativa de Ciegos y Vendedores de Lotería were involved in the project. Until now, the vision-challenged lottery vendors worked in the outdoors. The first person to receive a kiosk, identified as Rolando Salazar, has spent 24 years selling lottery tickets in Parque la Merced.
All of the small structures will be placed in public areas. Not well known to expats is that some of the lottery vendors in the streets have vision problems or may be blind. The small structures also provide some security for the vendors.
By coincidence or not, the mayor, Johnny Araya Monge, who participated in the ceremony Monday, faces a blind opponent in the December municipal elections. He is Óscar López of the Partido Accesibilidad sin Exclusión. López, a former legislator, almost alway is photographed holding a white cane.