Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, Head of Public Relations Unit of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has accused some private lotto operators of seeking to collapse the state lotto regulatory body.

In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Opoku said, the operators of some private were not respecting the conditions of the agreement they signed with the NLA.

He said the ‘illegal’ acts of some private lotto operators posed a great threat to the NLA and that it was in the interest of the country to crack the whip on them.

Mr Kojo Opoku alleged that Alpha Lotto was operating beyond the terms and conditions upon which the NLA granted them a license and that they had no right to conduct independent live draws parallel to the NLA.

“The license granted Alpha Lotto was for them to use the Point of Sale (POS) terminals to market lotto. Their type of lotto was the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG) lotto because of the agreement we have with the VAG. We gave them the license on that basis and they were to depend on the POS system to sell the lotto and depend on the draws by the NLA”.

He said: “there was nowhere in their contract stated clearly that the private lotto operators can undertake live draws, they should produce that part of the contract to Ghanaians. Alpha Lotto was doing it recalcitrantly, if you are a good citizen, you won’t conduct yourself in ways that will collapse your regulator. NLA is about draw of numbers, so the moment you allow private lotto operators to do something parallel to the NLA, the draw of NLA will become useless and if that happens you will collapse the NLA, so should we sit down for NLA to collapse under the NPP government, no way?”.

Mr Opoku revealed that last week, the Ghana Lotto Operators Association levelled some allegations against the NLA that it was seeking to collapse the lottery industry and also outsourcing their mandate to KGL.

He dismissed the allegations and stressed that the NLA was not up for sale and that the move made by the leadership of the NLA was to improve the Authority’s revenue generation ability.

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