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14.12.2010 Business & Finance

National Lottery Authority introduces Automation machine in the North.

By GNA
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December 13, 2010 Bolgatanga (U.E), Dec. 13, GNA - the National Lottery Authority (NLA), has initiated moves to halt the inefficiencies in the lottery business, through the introduction of an automation machine, in the three northern regions.

The National Lottery Authority, under the National Lotto act. 722, 2006, is a preserve of the state for national Development and the only institution mandated by parliament to regulate, supervise, conduct and manage National Lotto in the country.

Mr George Gyamfi Osew, Marketing Director of NLA, who briefed media men in Bolgatanga on the operations of the machine, said the automated machine was rechargeable using batteries and enabled operators to work anywhere, especially in places where there is no electricity.

He said operators needed to buy cash units to enable them to dispense staking.

He said NLA dispensed its lotto through the coupon system and the mobile platform, which included the Mobi game jackpot, with the latest being the automation machine.

He mentioned the reduction in fraud, quick sales and extension of closing time as some of the advantages of the system, which would eventually replace the coupon system.

He said it would facilitate the cumbersome nature of the manual lotto stacking and the difficulty in collating all operations at the end of the day, as well as reducing the constant travelling to the closing points.

He said the use of the machine would enhance timely payments of winnings, among others.

Answering questions on how operators would access the machine, he said they were for free, but required operators to register with the NLA to be given training, to enable them to operate the system.

In response to how the NLA was ploughing back its profits to support in developmental projects, which was their corporate national responsibility, he said a lot had been done, saying NLA hoped to continue supporting, in the area of water, education and sanitation.

The operators thanked the NLA for bringing in the new innovation, to help their business.

GNA

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