The National Lottery Authority(NLA) had urged the general public, staking players, Lotto Marketing Companies, media and stakeholders to totally and wholly ignore and discredit the news publication under the headline, “National Lottery Authority fails to pay big wins since April”
In a statement issued by the Public Relations department of the Authority, it noted that it is NEVER TRUE that National Lottery Authority has failed to pay big winning tickets since April last year and that all outstanding prizes are being paid.
It also stated that Investigations, Auditing and due diligence are always conducted on all big winning tickets in order to prevent payment of fraudulent tickets due to the increasing activities of Lotto Fraudsters.
“It is NEVER TRUE there is issue of non-payment of wins at various Banks. The *959# mobile game has COME TO STAY. In fact the *959# mobile game forms part of Government’s digitalization programme,” it clarified.
According to NLA, the *959# would continue to operate the original 5/90 Lotto via MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo especially during this difficult period of Coronavirus pandemic, pointing out that the *959# has been doing very well, serving as an additional revenue stream for NLA and Government. “The implementation of *959# has become very critical for sustainability of the revenue generation of NLA.”
It also debunked claims of shortage of paper roll currently, saying that, Management has taken steps to address all the issues in relation to paper roll shortage.
It stressed that management of National Lottery Authority the issues raised by one Mr. Jacob Odame and his Lotto Marketers Association in the Northern Region are UNTRUE and urged everyone to completely disregard that publication.
By Prosper Agbenyega