The National Lottery Authority (NLA) says it has completed the registration and licensing processes for all illegal lotto operators who have paid up the prescribed fees to the authority to be issued with licenses to retail lotto products in Ghana.
In view of this, the authority has directed all illegal lotto operators who have applied and paid up the prescribed fees to pick up and execute copies of the Lotto Retail Licensing Agreement from the head office of the NLA within seven days.
According to the authority, it shall close the licensing window for illegal lotto operators for the year 2018/2019, and the authority will refund all monies paid by illegal lotto operators who were not qualified as well as those who were unable to execute the Lotto Retail Licensing Agreement within the said seven days.
The authority stated that it is unlawful under Act 722 and L.I. 1948 to manufacture, distribute, sell or retail lotto products and services without its authorization.
“Accordingly, all those engaged in illegal lottery operations will be arraigned before any of the eleven lotto courts inaugurated across the country aimed at facilitating compliance and prosecution of lotto-related offences,” a press statement from the authority said.
It assured of its commitment to sanitizing the lotto industry in Ghana, saying that it will deploy all lawful means to oust the operations of unauthorized or unlicensed lotto operators in the country with the view of jobs creation and mobilizing additional revenue to support national development.