General News Fri, 1 Sep 2006

117 Lotto Millionaires in two years

The Department of National Lotteries has over the last four years generated a total of ¢114.1billion to government as revenue for national development.
Furthermore, over the last two years the DNL has recorded the highest number of winnings in the history of lotteries in Ghana.
According to the DNL, the winnings- ranging from ¢40m to over one billion- were promptly paid by the organization. These winnings, says the DNL, have created 117 millionaires in the last two years. This has in diverse ways helped the winners start up their own businesses while they continue to patronize the lottery.
On record, the department employs hundreds of students on holidays. These students, who earn an impressive amount on a daily basis, are also exposed to a fully structured working environment. By this, DNL creates the platform for students to learn on the job while applying what they have learnt in the classroom.
The department, according to a statement, has also, within this period, introduced new games to the delight of players - example of which are the "Win the TV Jackpot", "National Weekly", "Midweek", and now, the Monday Special Lottery.
Back Office computerization is also a new marketing strategy introduced by the DNL to manage the Financial and Human Resource activities in all the regions. This introduction is part of a re-definition of internal audit to become a monitoring, evaluation and compliance unit.
Apart from the introduction of Perm coupons among other new marketing strategies, the department has also introduced automated lottery machines that are already available in Accra on a pilot basis. Among its greatest achievement, is the assimilation of private lotto agents and writers (NALAW & LAWU) into the operations of National Lotteries.
The new Lotteries Bill is another comprehensive and bold step to put an end to what can clearly be described as a "rob of government revenues" by some private lotto operators. The purpose of the bill is basically to revise laws regulating the operations of lottery in the country. When passed, the law is intended to restructure lotteries in a way that will ensure that all revenues generated through lotto are presented to government as required.
Although the new Lottery Bill has similar traits of the National Weekly Lotto Act, 1961, the statement clarified that the bill DOES NOT "wipe out operations of Private Lotto Operators as it did in 1961. Instead, when passed, the bill will consolidate all scattered laws under lotteries. This will make the supervision of all lottery games easier by one body.
All over the World, lotteries are considered a non profit generating activity, solely instituted to raise funds for a country's development and that includes Ghana's own lottery industry.
Lotteries, which was established in Ghana in 1958 was, until 1989, run solely by the state. This positioned the state as the only body that supervised and curbed the emergence of illegal lotteries in the country. The state monopoly of lotteries at that time ensured that all revenues generated by lotteries go into the development of the country.
However, in an effort to widen the tentacles and activities of lotteries, the PNDC Law 223, under the weekly lotto amendment bill was passed and broke the state monopoly of lotteries in Ghana. This enabled private individuals and organizations to operate in lotteries. Since then, both private operators and National Lotteries have operated without a centralized body to monitor their operations.
The emergence of 'Banker to Banker Lotto' and all other private lottery operators was the result of PNDC Law 223 that also gave some selected ministries the power to issue licenses for the operations of private lotto.
For 17 years the Ministry of Finance, The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence and The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare have acted as the bodies that monitor and regulate activities of private lotto operators. The Department of National Lotteries has, within four years taken full responsibility to manage the operations of National Lotteries in a manner that will not rob the country of revenues needed for National Development.
Through self discipline and well structured management, the Department has instituted marketing strategies that cover all ten regions thus creating new district offices in Asakragua, Nkawkaw, Akim Oda, Tema and Madina.
The new management of the Department has also ensured that as a state owned institute, it carried out its social responsibility as required by government. In the past few years, among other donations, the Department has adopted the Dzorwulu Special School by supporting it annually with cash, foodstuffs and other needed items.
Some weeks ago, the Department, during one of its donations to the school, pledged to sponsor its annual Olympics games scheduled for September this year. Again during the recently held FIFA World Cup Matches, The Department sponsored a black star cheer boy and has also supported the National Supporters Union.

Source: Heritage