The Lotería Nacional of the Dominican Republic will be subject to an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) after the national federation of lottery agencies, Fenabanca, filed a complaint.
It comes after it was recently recognised for the “high score achieved in compliance with the Training Plan of the Public Administration Monitoring System (SISMAP).”
Cristian Guzmán, General Secretary of Fenabanca, explained to the PGR that industry representatives agree that there is an alleged lottery “mafia” within the Ministry of Finance.
The criminal group would include “several officials who also worked in the institution in the past governments of Danilo Medina,” who was President of the Dominican Republic from 2012 to 2020.
Guzmán highlighted that around 5,000 lottery shops have started operations during the administration of current President Luis Abinader “without the needed permits or regulations.” Consequently, he demanded an investigation and the immediate closure of lottery shops that don’t meet the law requirements.
On the other hand, the National Institute for Public Administration (INAP) recognised the Lotería with an award for “promoting training skills for its employees.”
“We thank INAP for the recognition, support and continuous management, as well as the collaborators for their effort,” said Karla Duvergé, in charge of the Training and Development Division of the Lotería Nacional.
“We also urge them to continue developing their professional and work skills, and thereby continue to contribute to the achievement of the institutional goals,” she added.