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NLA Courts Support from European Lotteries to Combat Illegal Gambling

A call for support by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has been extended to the European Lotteries (EL) to aid the authority in combating illegal gambling and enforcing responsible gaming practices.

This appeal was made by the Director General of the National Lottery Authority, Samuel Awuku, during the European Lotteries’ Public Order Seminar held from 21st February to 23rd February 2024 in Brussels, under the theme “Enforcing Gambling Regulations: Significance and Challenges.”

Mr. Awuku, serving as a guest speaker, presented perspectives from beyond Europe, focusing on the African and Ghanaian viewpoints.

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He outlined measures implemented by the NLA to curb illegal lottery operations and gambling in Ghana, and emphasized the need for collaboration with the European Lotteries in combating these vices.

Regarding the strategies employed against illegal gambling, Mr. Awuku disclosed that “security agencies have been equipped with state-of-the-art technology to identify and apprehend online lottery scammers”.

He highlighted “collaborative efforts between the NLA, the Gaming Commission, and a joint police and military team to conduct nationwide arrests and disrupt illegal lottery activities”.

Moreover, Mr. Awuku appealed to the European Lotteries to grant Ghana Observer Status and partner with the NLA in promoting good causes.

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He lamented the adverse effects of illegal gambling on society, noting its detrimental impact on government revenue through tax losses.

Representatives of EL member bodies elaborated on law enforcement, regulation, and industry practices concerning illegal gambling in their respective jurisdictions.

EL Secretary-General, Arjan Van ‘T Veer, praised Ghana’s progress in combating illegal lottery and gambling while urging the NLA to formally apply for Observer Status.

He also emphasized the importance of enforcing responsible gaming, especially regarding minors.

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