NLA regularises illegal lotto operators

•   A project team official (standing), addressing the women.

• A project team official (standing), addressing the women.

Eleven people who were operating in illegal lottery popularly called ‘Banker to Banker’ have been trained and regularise as retailers by the National Lottery Authority (NLA).

The eleven who were part of seventeen persons arrested during a swoop in Sunyani in the Brong- Ahafo Region, were discharged by an Accra circuit court on the grounds that they will not revert to the sale of Banker to Banker lotto.

A statement issued by the NLA in Accra yesterday said the eleven have undergone training at NLA’s Lotto School and expressed their excitement at the Authority’s decision to regularise them as retailers and withdraw the charges against them.

Janet Kisiwa and Dennis Kwesi Boakye, both discharged accused persons, in an interview said until now they believed obtaining a Point-of-Sale Terminal (POST) from NLA was cumbersome.

They urged their colleagues to desist from the sale of ‘Banker to Banker’ lotto and join NLA to enjoy prompt payment of commissions.

Director-General of the N LA, Brig.Gen Martin Ahiaglo (Rtd) commended the new recruits for coming on board to help contribute to national development.

He said, “NLA does not take delight in prosecuting culprits and that is why the accused persons were given the opportunity to be trained and given NLA POSTs so they can sell lotto the right way.”.

In another case, seven accused persons arrested in Accra in another swoop have also been regularised.

The court ordered that monies retrieved from the accused persons totaling six thousand, one hundred and fifty five Cedis (GH¢6,155.00) during the swoop be used by the discharged persons to augment the retail of lotto on the POSTs allocated to them.

The operation was conducted by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service.

By Times Reporter

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