About National Lotto
The NLA was originally established as the
Department of National Lotteries in 1958 with a Mandate to organize raffles for
the public to have fun and win prizes. In 1960, the Lotto and Betting Act 94
was passed into law to start lottery in Ghana with the aim of raising revenue
to support the development of the country.
Over the past fifty years, the
NLA has evolved from its earlier incarnation as a Civil Service Institution
known as the Department of National Lotteries (DNL); it has been transformed
into an autonomous Public Service Institution, with a legal monopoly on the
organization of lotteries in Ghana, and one which is of the most important
contributors to both Government revenues and employment generation.
in 2006, the passing of an Act of parliament, the National Lotto Act 722 gave
birth to National Lottery Authority.
first Director of the Department, Mr. F. W. Brennan, a Maltese, introduced the
first Fixed Odds Lottery in Ghana, known as 5/90 Fixed Odds game because it
involved picking five winning numbers out of 90. The first draw was conducted
on September 29, 1962.
The Lotto Coupons used at that time were popularly
referred to as Manual because Lotto Receivers who retailed the
Lottery Products physically wrote the numbers chosen by customers on the
coupons and duplicate submitted to the Lottery Authority before the draw is
held. Winners of the draw were selected manually by DNL staff from the stocks
of Lotto Coupons sold.
popularity of the lottery game, the increasing patronage in the late 60s
and 70s and sometimes human error in writing of the numbers on the
coupons as well as the selection of the winners culminated into the Mechanized
Lotto Coupon. The new coupon was introduced in 1979 to solve some of the
inefficiencies of the Manual coupons.
The new coupons afforded lotto stakers
/players the opportunity to select their five (5) lucky numbers from 1to 90
numbers which are printed on the coupons by crossing out the chosen
With the introduction of these coupons, winners are selected by
feeding a specially devised machine with staked coupons which will
then select the winning coupons from non-winning ones. Winners are paid after a
1 month period thus reducing the payment time for manual tickets which was 3
Universal Manual Coupon
The Mechanized Coupons
were discontinued in 2001 due to the lack of replaceable parts and the high
cost of maintaining the printing and sorting machines. This also paved way for
the modernization, expansion and automation of lottery operations. Thus in 2003
a new coupon known as Universal Manual Coupon was introduced. The NLA
introduced the Universal coupons that can be used to retail all its products or
games at any given time without returning the unsold coupons to the
In 2006, the NLA introduced the
automation machines that generate the lottery tickets upon purchase. The system
works via GPRS (online). The acceptance of the automation machines took a while
for both the retailers and lotto stakers in the first phase of implementation.
The change from Manual to Automation however was absolutely necessary due to
the numerous challenges involved in the Manual system.
The Automation System
commenced with the use of TPM machine which were operated by Service Providers
Known as SIMNET, until 2009 when the NLA introduced the Portable Automation
Machines to completely fade out the Manual System. The PADPM is the INGENICO
SAGEM EFT 930G. its software application has been specifically designed
and manufactured for the NLA for the dispensing of lottery products. The two
automated platform ie. TPM and PADPM were operating at the same until the
shutdown of the TPM system by its Service Providers (SIMNET) IN October 2012.
With the shutdown of SIMNET in 2012, Lots Services was introduced in 2013 to
provide technical support to NLA alongside INGENICO. Currently the NLA operates
on an Automated Platform which is solely technically supported by LOTS
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