NLA launches Blue Star Lotto device
The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has launched an electronic hand-held device to improve lotto operations in the country.
Known as the Blue Star Lotto and developed by a Ghanaian-owned company, Blue Star, the hand-held device is aimed at eliminating illegal lotto operations in the country and to facilitate staking lotto.
The Blue Star Lotto machine was launched at an event in Accra, which was attended by NLA officials, officials from the Blue Star Company, lotto retailers, lotto marketing companies and other stakeholders in the lotto industry.
Blue Star is a private lotto operator regulated by the NLA, and given the licence to operate the device in the lotto industry.
The Deputy Director-General of NLA, Mrs Anna Horma Miezeh, who launched the device, said it was crucial to partner with the Blue Star Company to ensure that the NLA was raking in the needed revenue to carry out its objective of contributing to national development.
She said over the years, illegal operators had prevented the NLA from mobilising its intended revenue and said they would not rest until the lotto industry was rid of illegal operators.
She warned that the NLA would not hesitate to arrest persons running illegal lotto, indicating that revenue from such businesses were required by the government to develop communities.
Mrs Miezeh said the authority would, however, soon regularise the operation of all lotto operations across the country to ensure that such operators abide by the laws governing lotto operation in the country.
“We are continuing with our swoop to get rid of illegal operators, and those that have not been licensed will be arrested. I am, therefore, advising those who have not yet registered with the authority to do so,” she said.
The Director of Sales and Marketing at NLA, Nana Opoku Boakye, said the authority and Blue Star would strengthen their partnership to improve lotto operations across the country.
He said the NLA has given Blue Star Company the mandate to do business with them to ensure that the latest technology was utilised.
“The NLA trusts Blue Star, and that is the reason for doing business with them, and also because technology has changed the way everyone does business in Ghana,” he said.
He explained that through collaborations with strategic business partners such as Blue Star, the NLA would get funds to carry out its needed projects.
The Chief Executive of Blue Star Lotto, Clement Adu-Sarpong, said he was optimistic that the device would improve the Lotto system of the country.