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31-Mar-2019  
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The National Lottery Authority (NLA) is cautioning the public against the activities and operations of Lotto Fraudsters, Social Media Miscreants and illegal Lotto Operators and Agents.

These fraudsters and social media miscreants the authority says are using radio, television, online, newspapers, social media Platforms and other communication channels such as phone calls, text messages and email to defraud unsuspecting people.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the NLA and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra at the weekend said: “some of these lotto fraudsters and social media miscreants have set up Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media pages using pictures and names of the Director-General and Staff of NLA to defraud people”.

“These fraudsters use clever tactics to convince the staking public to make Mobile Money Transfers to them in exchange for Winning Lotto Numbers”.

The statement said these lotto fraudsters are largely supported by some illegal lotto operators and agents and have consistently been misinforming the public of having access to NLA winning lotto numbers before draw and that patrons should not stake NLA products as they automatically know the numbers they have staked on the Machines and Point of Sale Terminals (POSTs) and the Authority will ensure that such Numbers are not drawn.

It said the Authority attention is also drawn that Alpha Lotto is using POSTs to charge commission above the Commission of NLA.
“The Authority would like to state that, NLA has not Licensed or authorized Alpha Lotto to use its own POSTs and Platform to generate branded electronic tickets, adding, Alpha Lotto POSTs are illegal and steps are being taken by NLA to stop that with immediate effect”.
The statement said the NLA has not authorized nor appointed any individual or group of individuals to offer winning lotto numbers to the public, since lotto is a game of chance and impossible to foretell winning numbers.

“Our staff have no knowledge and control over the outcome of draws as they are conducted in a very open and transparent manner and open to the Ghanaian public for witnessing at 6:30pm daily except Sundays and public holidays”.
It said it was absolutely false that NLA staff and the Lotto fraudsters have access to NLA winning lotto numbers and that products of the Authority are sold by Licensed Retailers (Lotto Marketing Companies) using POSTs approved by NLA to generate branded serialized electronic tickets as a proof of transaction to be used to redeem prizes of wins after draws.

According to the statement, the NLA is yet to introduce onto the market, its online lottery and that any form of online lottery currently operating is illegal and has no approval of the Authority.
It said the NLA shall not be responsible for any losses incurred by unsuspecting people who are defrauded by these lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

The statement however added that the NLA in collaboration with the relevant Security Agencies are taking pragmatic steps to help curtail the activities of these lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

“The NLA passionately appeal to the general public to be more vigilant and discontinue engaging the services of the lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

Below is the full statement 

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) wishes to caution the general public against the activities and operations of Lotto Fraudsters, Social Media Miscreants and illegal Lotto Operators and Agents.

Activities and Operations of the Fraudsters and Miscreants

These fraudsters and social media miscreants are using Radio, Television, Online, Newspapers, Social Media Platforms mostly Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. and other Communication Platforms such as Phone calls, Text Messages and Email to defraud unsuspecting people.

Some of these lotto fraudsters and social media miscreants have set up Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media pages using pictures and names of the Director-General and Staff of NLA to defraud people.

These fraudsters use clever tactics to convince the staking public to make Mobile Money Transfers to them in exchange for Winning Lotto Numbers.

The lotto fraudsters largely supported by some illegal Lotto Operators and Agents have consistently been misinforming the general public that:
1. They have access to NLA Winning Lotto Numbers before Draw.
2. Patrons should not stake NLA products because NLA will automatically know the numbers they have staked on the Machines (Point of Sale Terminals, POSTs), hence, the Authority will ensure that such Numbers are not drawn. All these information are completely false.

Illegal POSTs of Alpha Lotto

It has also come to the attention of the Authority that Alpha Lotto is using Machines (Point of Sales Terminals, POSTs), charging commission above the Commission of NLA.

The Authority would like to state categorically that, the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has NOT Licensed and authorized Alpha Lotto to use its own Machines (Point of Sale Terminals, POSTs) and Platform to generate branded electronic tickets.

Alpha Lotto Point of Sale Terminals (POSTs) are illegal and steps are being taken by NLA to cease all the Machines of Alpha Lotto with immediate effect.

Caution to the Public

The National Lottery Authority would like to use this opportunity to inform the general public that:
1. NLA has NOT authorized nor appointed any individual or group of individuals to offer Winning Lotto Numbers to the Public, since lotto is a game of chance and it is impossible to foretell winning numbers.

2. NLA and its Staff have no knowledge and control over the outcome of Draws. Draws are conducted in a very open and transparent manner, and open to the general public. Every Ghanaian is free and welcome to witness and partake in the Draw at 6:30pm daily except Sundays and public holidays.

3. It is absolutely false that Staff of NLA, the Lotto fraudsters and social media miscreants have access to the Winning Lotto Numbers of the Authority.

4. The social media pages created by the lotto fraudsters and social media miscreants using pictures and names of the Director-General and Staff of the Authority are completely fraudulent and intended to defraud unsuspecting and gullible Ghanaians.

5. The products of the Authority are sold by Licensed Retailers (Lotto Marketing Companies) using Point of Sale Terminals (POSTs) approved by NLA to generate branded serialized electronic tickets as a proof of transaction to be used to redeem prizes if anyone wins after the draw.

6. NLA has neither Licensed nor authorized Alpha Lotto and any Private Lotto Operator or Agent to use Machines (Point of Sale Terminals, POSTs) to generate branded electronic tickets parallel to NLA serialized electronic tickets. Steps are being taken by Management of NLA to cease all the Machines of Alpha Lotto and any other Private Lotto Operator or Agent.

7. The Authority is yet to introduce onto the market its online lottery. Hence, any form of online lottery currently operating is illegal and has no approval of the Authority.

8. There is no way Winning Lotto Numbers can be leaked before a Draw is conducted by the Authority, since
no one has access, knowledge and information about the Winning Lotto Numbers before a Draw is conducted by the Authority.

9. The Authority shall not be responsible for any losses incurred by unsuspecting people who are defrauded by these lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

However, the Authority in collaboration with the relevant Security Agencies are taking pragmatic steps to help curtail the activities of the lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

Finally, the National Lottery Authority (NLA) respectfully would like to passionately appeal to the general public to be more vigilant and discontinue engaging the services of the lotto fraudsters, social media miscreants and illegal lotto operators and agents.

...Signed...
*Head of Public Relations, NLA*

 
 
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