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National Lotto Authority (NLA)
Address: National Lotto Authority
28th February Road Accra-Ghana
Postal/Postboks Address: P.O. Box 506 Accra, Ghana
E-mail Address:
Phone: +233 21 678101-10
Fax: 233 21 668809
Population: 22.4 million (2006 est.)
Chairman: Mrs. Janet Opoku Acheampong
Year Lottery Founded: 1958
Sales FY 2000:
Sales FY 2004:
GHC88.7 billion Cedi
GHC299.6 billion Cedi
Games Offered: Lotto / Spiel
Beneficiaries: The objective of the NLA law was to provide care and protection for the physically and mentally challenged, the needy, the aged, orphans as well as destitute children in the country. It would also conduct, for the purpose of raising revenue for the nation and for other purpose stated in the Act.
Jurisdiction: Ghana, Western Africa

Background Information

The NLA Board was appointed by the President, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor in accordance with Section 36 (2) of the National Lotto Act, (Act722).
Under the new national lotto Act (Act 722) the board is the only body empowered to conduct the business of lotteries in Ghana.
The Board is charged with regulating, supervising and managing the national lotto game, as well as ensuring the enforcement of laws relating to the national lotto in a manner that would promote a “win-win” situation for all stakeholders in the industry.
Under the new Act, the board is empowered to license all lotto-marketing companies for the distribution and sale of coupons, and for other purposes that it considered appropriate.
The authority is the only body to issue coupons both manual and electronic for lotto.
The Act states that no person shall import, sell, distribute or acquire for the purpose of sale any foreign lotto coupon.
The board is under the Chairmanship of Mrs Janet Opoku-Akyeapong, and has Mr. Kojo Andah, Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Mr. Enoch Hemans Cobinah, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Mumuni Adbulai Bawumia, Ministry of Interior, Ms. Cynthia Lamtey, Principal State Attorney, Attorney Generals Department, Hon Doris Seidu, Chripone Constituency, and Hon Kwadjo Opare Hammond, Member of Parliament as members.

News 2014
May 29, 2014 National Lottery Authority to Prosecute Operators of Illegal Lottery Type ‘Trade Promotions
March 7, 2014 Illegal Lottery Making a Comeback
February 17, 2014 Nigeria’s National Lottery Regulatory Commission on Development Tour
February 17, 2014 National Lottery Authority Issues Lawsuit over Private Lotto Operators
January 13, 2014 Lotto Operators Arrested for Fraud
January 5, 2014 National Lottery Authority Aims for to Improve Revenue Base

News 2013
November 7, 2013 Lottery Authority Rolls out Strategic Revenue Mobilization Drive
July 21, 2013 National Lottery Authority (NLA) Supports the Miss Ghana Foundation
April 16, 2013 Accusations of Large Scale Fraud Within Lottery Agency
April 2, 2013 NLA Task-Force to Combat Illegal Lottery Operators
March 15, 2013 Two Men Convicted of Operating Illegal Lottery Businesses
February, 2013 Finance Minister to Address Problems Concerning the National Lottery

News 2012
November 29, 2012 Lottery Sellers Threaten Massive Demonstration Over Loss of Income
October 27, 2012 Technical Service Provider Withdraws Services to National Lottery Authority
October 14, 2012 National Lottery Authority Contributes GH188.4m to Consolidated Fund
October 5, 2012 Company Shuts Down Lotto Terminals Over Unpaid Monthly Services Payments
October 2, 2012 Lotto Operations Associations Call for a Review of the Lotto Act
July 14,2012 National Lottery Authority Announce First Draw of ‘Freeky Fortune‘ Lottery Results
July 2, 2012 National Lottery to Introduce New Weekly Game
June 28, 2012 National Lottery Authority Establishes Investment Advisory Unit for Big Lottery Winners
June 26, 2012 Court Spells Out Mandate Of National Lottery Authority And Gaming Commission
June 24, 2012 National Lottery Authority Poised to Become the Leading Revenue Generating Institution in the Country
June 18, 2012 National Lotteries Authority to Secure Criminal Prosecution Powers Against Telcos, Others
June 7, 2012 Minister Says Impasse Between National Lottery Authority and LSU is Due to Reduction in Commission
May 7, 2012 National Lottery Looks to Supreme Court Over Regulation of the Gaming Industry
May 5, 2012 Telco Files Suit Against National Lotteries Authority's Decision to Ban Trade Promo
January 25, 2012 National Lottery Authority to Ensure Revenue is Not Compromised
January 23, 2012 National Lottery Authority Vows to Continue Prosecuting Businesses That Engage in Lottery Type Promotions
January 21, 2012 Court Ruling Prevents National Lottery Authority From Restraining Companies from Running Lottery Promotions
January 14, 2012 National Lottery Authority Launches ‘WOW’ SMS Lottery

News 2011
December 1, 2011 NLRU Members Fear Imminent Collapse of the Nation’s Lottery Industry
December 1, 2011 National Lottery Authority Extends Deadline for Ending Manual Lotto Coupons
November 28, 2011 National Lottery Authority Moves to Electronic Payment System to Pay Commissions
November 12, 2011 National Lottery Authority Says Sale of Manual Coupon/Tickets to End December 15
October 11, 2011 National Lottery Authority Temporally Withdraws Two Lottery Products
September 11, 2011 Police Raid Illegal Lottery Operators
September 7, 2011 Gaming Commission Vacates NLA Premises
September 7, 2011 National Lotteries Authority Refers Bank’s “Rush For Gold” promotion to Gaming Commission for authorization
August 31, 2011 Government to Review National Lotteries Operations
August 22, 2011 National Lottery Authority, Telcos Battle Intensifies
August 19, 2011 National Lottery Authority Wins Interim Injunction Against Vodafone
August 8, 2011 National Lottery Authority Sues Vodafone and Seeks to Prevent Gaming Commission from Issuing Permits for Games of Chance
August 5, 2011 Gaming Commission Rules Vodafone’s “More Money” Promotion is Not a Lottery
August 2, 2011 National Lotto Authority Warns Financial Institutions Against Operating Illegal Lottery Games
July 28, 2011 Gaming Commission Approves New Vodafone SMS Game
July 25, 2011 National Lottery Authority Corrects Some Misconceptions Concerning Its Portable Ticket Processing Program
July 23, 2011 National Lotto Receivers Association Refutes NLA Claims of Reaping a Windfall from Its business operations
July 19, 2011 Lottery Authority Rewards Businesses and Individuals with Help From Digicel
July 18, 2011 Lottery Strikers Threatened with Loss of Selling Terminals if Impasse is Not Resolved
July 16, 2011 Lottery Unions Call for the Management of the National Lottery Authority to be Replaced
July 11, 2011 Lottery Authority Yet to See the Affect of National Strike Action on Its Operations
July 10, 2011 National Lottery Authority Appeals to Lotto Receivers to End Strike Over Reduction in Commissions
July 5, 2011 National Lotteries Denies Sponsoring NDC Congress
July 6, 2011 Lotto Receivers Begin Nationwide Strike Over Reduction in Commissions
June 16, 2011 Court Refuses to Grant an Application for Injunction Filed by the National Lotteries Authority Against Trade Promotion
June 17, 2011 Nineteen Suspected Illegal Lotto Operators Arrested
June 6, 2011 Lotto Receivers Union Threaten to Withdraw Funding to National Lotteries Authority
May 17, 2011 High Court Restrains Company From Promoting, Sponsoring, and Advertising Illegal Lottery Passing-Off as a Trade Promotion
March 29, 2011 National Lottery Authority Wins Case Against Mobile Operator
March 26 2011 National Lottery Authority Announce Reduction in Retailer Commission
March 23, 2011 High Court Backs National Lottery Authority Decision to Reduce Lotto Receivers’ Commission
March 15, 2011 National Lottery Authority Sues Telecommunications Operator Over "Illegal Lottery"
March 14, 2011 Court Orders National Lotteries Authority to Pay 2009 Lotto Prize
February 23, 2011 Lotto Receivers Sue National Lottery Authority
February 14, 2011 Lotto Sellers to Defy NLA and Revert to Illegal Lotto Business ‘Banker-To-Banker
February 10, 2011 Lotto Receivers Begin Nationwide Strike
February 9, 2011 Lotteries Donates Computers to Fire Service
January 25, 2011 Unlicensed Lotto Operator Fined for Using the National Lotteries Drawn Numbers for Illegal Operations
January 24, 2011 Lotto Receivers Contemplate Strike-Action Over Reduction in Commission
January 14, 2011 Lotto Sellers Threaten Nationwide Strike Action

News 2010
Dec 30, 2010 New POS Lottery Terminals Set to Commence Operations Next Year
Dec 27, 2010 Lottery Operators Benefit form New Technology
Dec 13, 2010 National Lottery Authority Introduces Automated Ticket Machines
Oct 24, 2010 National Lotteries Authority Says it Has the Capacity to Pay Out All Winnings
July 12, 2010 Ingenico Selected by the Ghana National Lottery
May 31, 2010 Lotto Operators Association Accuse Government of Reneging on a Campaign Promise to Restore and ‘Legalize’ Their Operations
May 29, 2010 Lotto Operators Association Disappointed at Government’s Delay in Regularizing Private Sector Participation in National Lottery

Lotto Operators Association Condemn Arrests and Prosecution of Members
ACCRA, Ghana (May 27, 2010) -- local news sources report the Ghana Lotto Operators Association of Ghana (GLOA) on Thursday condemned unwarranted arrests and prosecution of members by personnel of the Ghana Police Service................Subscribers

Lotteries Office Gutted By Fire
Accra, Ghana (April 18, 2010) – According to a local website an office of the Department of National Lotteries in Accra has been gutted by fire early Sunday morning...........Subscribers

Supreme Court Bans Private Lotto Operators
ACCRA, Ghana (February 18, 20100 - The operations of Ghana Private Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) has been banned, the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled........................Subscribers

Call For Government to Investigate Operations of National Lotteries Authority
GHANA, Africa (February 8, 2010) -- The National Lotto Receivers Union has called on the Government to set up a committee to investigate the operations of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) and the Department of National Lotteries (DNL)..............Subscribers

Lottery News 2010

Public Accounts Committee Praises National Lottery Authority
GHANA (February 19, 2010) - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has lauded the Department of National Lotteries (DNL) for its sterling performance and urged it to continue with its good work to raise more revenue for the government.................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

Private Lotto Operators Want to be Included in the New Dividend Lottery
Calls for the Government to Re-integrate GLOA Into the Lottery Business by Amending the National Lottery Act
ACCRA, Ghana (November 12, 2009) - Attempts to neglect the private sector in the commencement of the dividend lottery will affect local capacity for job creation and impact on revenue generation to support district assemblies and national development..................Subscribers

New Lotteries Board Sworn In
GHANA, Africa (November 6, 2009) - The Minister for Finance & Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor has inaugurated the new Board of Directors for the National Lottery Authority (NLA) with a charge to speed up the automation processes and ensure full automation by the first quarter of 2010......................Subscribers

Lotto Operators File Appeal
ACCRA, Ghana (August 12, 2009) - The Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) has filed for a review of the Supreme Court's ruling barring their operations, News sources reported today.....................Subscribers

National Lottery Authority Initiates Drive to Woo Agents
HO, GHANA (August 12, 2009) – According to a local news reports the Volta Regional Directorate of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) has embarked on a campaign to enlist previous employees of private lotto operators as sale agents........................Subscribers

Private Lotto Agents Ignore Court Ruling
HO, Ghana (August, 11 2009) -  Private lotto coupons are still being sold in the Ho Municipality despite a court ruling banning the operation of lotteries by private companies in Ghana...............Subscribers

Lottery Association Ready to Partner Government in Job Creation
ACCRA, Ghana (July 28, 2009) -- The Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), on Tuesday said it was ready to partner government in promoting its agenda of mobilizing revenue and creating job opportunities to accelerate the growth of Ghana's economy.................Subscribers

Supreme Court Rules in Favour of National Lottery Authority
GHANA (July 24, 2009) -- The Supreme Court yesterday put to rest the long legal battle that had ranged between the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and the Ghana Lottery Operators Association (GLOA).................Subscribers

Government Must Revisit Lottery Law- Operators
ACCRA, Ghana (July 2, 2009)  -- Marketing organizations working under supervision of the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), on Thursday appealed to the government to take a look at the operations and functions of the National Lotto Authority (NLA)..........................Subscribers

Supreme Court to Rule on National Lotto Authority's Application
ACCRA, Ghana (June 17, 2009) - The Supreme Court will on July 22 rule on an application filed by the National Lotto Authority (NLA) invoking the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to quash the orders of an Accra Fast Track Court (FTC) in a matter between the Authority and the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA)....................Subscribers

National Lotto Authority Files Application
ACCRA Ghana (June 3, 2009) -- The Ghana News Agency (GNA) reports that the National Lotto Authority (NLA) has filed an application to invoke the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to quash the orders of an Accra Fast Track Court (FTC) in a matter between the authority and the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) and seven of its members........................Subscribers

Lotto Marketers Raise Over GH¢10 Million for National Lotteries Authority
ACCRA, Ghana (May 13, 2009) – According to local news sources last year, the Association of Lotto Marketing Companies (LMCs) paid GH¢10.6 million to the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) towards the consolidated fund. Furthermore, during the same period, the LMCs and their agents reportedly paid a total of GH¢1.7 million in income tax....................Subscribers

High Court Grants Lotto Operators Reprieve
ACCRA, Ghana (April 2, 2009) -- Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) has been granted the green light to continue with their business after being prohibited by an Accra Fast Track High Court in August last year..................Subscribers

The Lotto Industry Generated GH¢10,600,000 in Revenue Last Year
KUMASI, Ghana (March 27, 2009) – The Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported that Mr. Kofi Frimpong, General Secretary of Lotto Receivers Union, announced in Kumasi that the Lotto Industry contributed GH¢10.6 million to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year..................Subscribers

Court to Rule on Lotto Operators Association's Injunction
ACCRA, Ghana (March 4, 2009) - An Accra Fast Track High Court will on April 1 rule in respect of an injunction pending an appeal filed by the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA)....................Subscribers

Supreme Court Grants Lotto Operators Association Order for ‘Certiorari
ACCRA, Ghana (February11, 2009) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously granted an order for ‘certiorari’ filed by the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) against the National Lotto Authority (NLA)..................Subscribers

Government Urged to Take Lottery Sector Serious
KUMASI, Ghana (February 10, 2009) - The government has been advised to give greater attention to the games and lotteries sector to help the country derive the needed revenue for development...................Subscribers

Private Lotto Operators Petition Government
ACCRA, Ghana (February 6, 2009) – A delegation of Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), yesterday presented a petition to President John Evans Atta Mills at a closed-door meeting in his office on matters relating to the ban imposed on private lotto operators in the country's lottery system................Subscribers

Supreme Court to Rule on Lotto Operators Association's Order for Certiorari
ACCRA, Ghana (January 20, 2009) - The Supreme Court will on February 11, will deliver its ruling in an order for certiorari filed by the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA)................Subscribers

Call to Amend the Lotto Act- GLOA
ACCRA, Ghana (January 6, 2009) - The Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) on Tuesday called on the incoming government to amend the National Lotto Act, Act 722 to enable them to commence their businesses...............Subscribers


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