The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has said the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has greatly reduced its sales as the jurisdictions of the lockdown were their backbone in terms of sales.

A statement signed by Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, Head of the Public Relations Unit of the NLA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said: “the Restrictions on Movement (Partial Lockdown) in the Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly (Kasoa) have immensely reduced the sales of the Authority.”

It said due to the partial lockdown in these areas, Lotto Marketing Companies (LMCs) were unable to sell to the staking public.

The statement said: “to mitigate the shortfall of sales, the Authority has activated its Official Short Code *890# to give an opportunity to the staking public to play 5/90 and VAG Lotto Games via MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo.”

It said the NLA Official Short Code *890# would help to ensure the survival of the Authority in these difficult moments of COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this period of the Coronavirus pandemic, the NLA is doing everything possible to sustain the sales force of the Authority while at the same time limiting physical human body contacts,” the statement said.

It said: “Dial the NLA Official Short Code *890# and play 5/90 and VAG Lotto Games with enhanced prize structure of 240 via MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo.”

The statement called on Ghanaians to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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