The Public Relations Unit of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), has appealed to members of the Association of Lotto Marketing Companies, to remain calm and exercise patience as the Board of Directors and management, take the necessary steps and actions to address the illegal operation of *959# Mobile Game.
The statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of NLA, insists the authority has not issued any License to Keed Ghana Limited to operate 5/90 Lotto Game online and via short code *959#.
The Director-General of NLA, the unit disclosed, has made several efforts, including writing letters to the National Communications Authority (NCA), Keed Ghana Limited, MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo, to shut down the short code *959# operating 5/90 lotto illegally, but to no avail.
Currently, the NLA Management led by Kofi Osei Ameywaw and the national leadership of Association of Lotto Marketing Companies, have set up a Joint Working Committee to deal with the illegal short code of *959# operating 5/90 lotto by MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Keed Ghana Limited.
The Joint Working Committee of NLA and Association of Lotto Marketing Companies, would consider suing MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Keed Ghana Limited, if they fail to shut down the short code *959#, as soon as possible.
The staking public is hereby cautioned that the NLA 5/90 Mobile Game via Mobile USSD *959# and on online Platform, has not been duly licensed by the NLA as at now.
When licensed, the Authority would officially launch and communicate same to the staking public, but for now *959# Mobile/Online Game, is operating illegally at the detriment of our Lotto Marketing Companies, who are the backbone and sales force of the Authority.
The illegal operations of *959# Mobile/Online Game, is directly and indirectly destroying the sales of the Lotto Marketing Companies and subsequently affecting the revenue generation of the NLA.
The NLA, would like to appeal to MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Keed Ghana Limited to shut down the USSD *959# currently illegally operating Lottery, until a license is duly acquired under Act 722.
Keed Ghana Limited, MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo, have a patriotic duty to the State to protect the core business of NLA and our Lotto Marketing Companies by shutting down the illegal USSD *959# with immediate effect.
Accordingly, the staking public is cautioned to discontinue patronising *959# Lotto Game on MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Keed Online Platform.