A historic partnership agreement has been struck that gives the National Lottery Authority (NLA) sole regulation, managerial and supervisory powers over the operations of the Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) lottery.
The collaborative agreement between both organisations has seen the NLA, under Act 844, grant licenses to five Private Sector Lotto Operators:
- Lotto and Lotteries Company Limited
- Alpha Lotto Limited
- From Home Company Limited
- Vision 2000 Company Limited
- Rand Lotto
The Licensing of the newly qualified Private Sector Lotto Operators were approved by the NLA Board and are now set to operate lottery under Act 844 which, in turn, will be regulated by the Lottery Authority in accordance with Act 722.
A statement released by the NLA read: “All Licensed Private Sector Lotto Operators together with their Agents, Sub-agents and ‘Writers'(Retailers) shall use Point of Sale Terminals to sell all lottery products as part of the Terms and conditions of their respective Contracts.
“Each Licensed Private Sector Lotto Operator shall obtain a Security Identification Embossment to affix on the respective Lotto Kiosks of their Agents, Sub-agents and ‘Writers'(Retailers).”
Although details are yet to be confirmed, the Licensed Private Sector Lotto Operators are now set to operate strictly in accordance with the Terms and Conditions stated in their respective contracts.
Furthermore, the NLA has warned that any entity found to be paying ‘outrageous’ Commission above that approved by the Authority will ‘be dealt with’ in accordance with Act 722, L. I. 1948 and Section 22 of Act 844.
The statement continued: “The National Lottery Authority (NLA) would like to reiterate that, it is unlawful under Act 722, L.I. 1948 and Section 22 of Act 844 to manufacture, distribute, sell or retail lottery products and services without authorization from the National Lottery Authority (NLA).
“Accordingly, all those engaged in illegal lottery operations would be arraigned before Lotto Courts across the Country inaugurated by the Chief Justice of Ghana. The lotto Courts aim at ensuring prosecution of lotto- related offences, compliance, and enforcement of the Act 722, L.I. 1948 and Section 22 of Act 844.”
In addition to this, the NLA has revealed that it will soon publish both a full list of Licensed Lotto Marketing Companies under Act 722 as well as a detailed report regarding the second batch of Licensed Private Sector Lotto Operators under Act 844.