NLA to clamp down on fraud, spiritualists “conjuring” figures



The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has served notice of clamping down on private individuals running lottery businesses without a license from the Authority.

According to the Authority, in recent times, television and radio networks have been inundated with stories of fraud by spiritualists and others who dupe people in the name of conjuring figures for them.

At a meeting with the Nigeria License Lottery Operators Thursday, the Director-General for the National Lottery Authority Sammi Awuku promised to clamp down on the fraud in the system insisting that lottery is simply a game of chance.

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He said “In recent times, we have been swarmed by issues of fraud by our own system. I mean, people sitting on TV and radio saying they can give out the numbers of the day. That is not true. We are NLA do not conjure figures. The numbers are drawn live, and it’s simply a game of chance. So, anyone who wins it, it is on the fact that person took that big chance to win”.

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Adding that “So this is something we are going to prosecute strongly. So in the coming days, we are going to go hard on people who are operating without a license in Ghana and operating a private lottery in Ghana without a license from the NLA. We are serving notice effective today [Thursday, September 2, 2021], and there will be proper publication effective Monday”.

Sammi Awuku was grateful that the people of Nigeria have taken a bold step to learn from Ghana and was optimistic that the partnership will yield greater results for both countries.

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“It is interesting to know that Nigeria uses our Draw Numbers. That is because of the integrity and credibility of our system. But, in as much as Nigeria is benefiting from NLA, we hope that this working relationship would also rake in some benefits for us in Ghana as well,” he said.

Source: 2021


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