HISTORY

The NLA was originally established as the Department of National Lotteries in 1958 with a Mandate to organize raffles for the public to have fun and win prizes. In 1960, the Lotto and Betting Act 94 was passed into law to start lottery in Ghana with the aim of raising revenue to support the development of the country.

Over the past fifty years, the NLA has evolved from its earlier incarnation as a Civil Service Institution known as the Department of National Lotteries (DNL); it has been transformed into an autonomous Public Service Institution, with a legal monopoly on the organization of lotteries in Ghana, and one which is of the most important contributors to both Government revenues and employment generation.

Hence, in 2006, the passing of an Act of parliament, the National Lotto Act 722 gave birth to National Lottery Authority.

The first Director of the Department, Mr. F. W. Brennan, a Maltese, introduced the first Fixed Odds Lottery in Ghana, known as 5/90 Fixed Odds game because it involved picking five winning numbers out of 90. The first draw was conducted on September 29, 1962.

The Lotto Coupons used at that time were popularly referred to as “Manual” because Lotto Receivers who retailed the Lottery Products physically wrote the numbers chosen by customers on the coupons and duplicate submitted to the Lottery Authority before the draw is held. Winners of the draw were selected manually by DNL staff from the stocks of Lotto Coupons sold.

The growing popularity of the lottery game, the increasing patronage in the late 60’s and 70’s and sometimes human error in writing of the numbers on the coupons as well as the selection of the winners culminated into the Mechanized Lotto Coupon. The new coupon was introduced in 1979 to solve some of the inefficiencies of the Manual coupons.

The new coupons afforded lotto stakers /players the opportunity to select their five (5) lucky numbers from 1to 90 numbers which are printed on the coupons by crossing out the chosen numbers.

With the introduction of these coupons, winners are selected by feeding a specially devised machine with ‘staked coupons’ which will then select the winning coupons from non-winning ones. Winners are paid after a 1 month period thus reducing the payment time for manual tickets which was 3 months.

The Mechanized Coupons were discontinued in 2001 due to the lack of replaceable parts and the high cost of maintaining the printing and sorting machines. This also paved way for the modernization, expansion and automation of lottery operations. Thus in 2003 a new coupon known as Universal Manual Coupon was introduced. The NLA introduced the Universal coupons that can be used to retail all its products or games at any given time without returning the unsold coupons to the NLA.

In 2006, the NLA introduced the automation machines that generate the lottery tickets upon purchase. The system works via GPRS (online). The acceptance of the automation machines took a while for both the retailers and lotto stakers in the first phase of implementation. The change from Manual to Automation however was absolutely necessary due to the numerous challenges involved in the Manual system.

The Automation System commenced with the use of TPM machine which were operated by Service Providers Known as SIMNET, until 2009 when the NLA introduced the Portable Automation Machines to completely fade out the Manual System. The PADPM is the INGENICO SAGEM EFT 930G’. its software application has been specifically designed and manufactured for the NLA for the dispensing of lottery products. The two automated platform ie. TPM and PADPM were operating at the same until the shutdown of the TPM system by its Service Providers (SIMNET) IN October 2012. With the shutdown of SIMNET in 2012, Lots Services was introduced in 2013 to provide technical support to NLA alongside INGENICO. Currently the NLA operates on an Automated Platform which is solely technically supported by LOTS Services.

The NLA provides an enviable corporate platform that encourages creativity, innovation and best management practices. We come from various academic and professional backgrounds, with different experiences and areas of specialization, but our varied abilities are able to find a unique blend and complete harmony in the NLA’s environment resulting in efficiency and high productivity.

Over the years the organization has worked hard to create and preserve a thriving working environment that encourages our ingenuity as workers, tapping deep into our acquired expertise and knowledge, and utilizing our skills in ways that are most creative and fulfilling.

Our passions are ignited each day as we work on varied tasks and assignments aimed at developing new products or improving existing ones, strengthening the bond between our core staff, retailers and ultimate customers, as well as improving our modes of delivery and maximizing the value for our ultimate customers.

One of the things that continuously inspires and brings us joy is the sensitivity of our organization to issues of social importance and public welfare. Various projects are commissioned to launch various social interventions in the areas of Health, Education and the preservation of our Cultural Heritage.

Regional and District Offices

National Lottery Authority has Fifteen branches spread across Ghana. These branches are made up of 10 Regional and 5 District Offices.
ABEKA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority Goerge Walker Bush Highway 0302416223
0302403302
0302416223 Lapaz traffic light 50 meters from foot bridge 2nd floor of Akrp gate building

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ASANKRAGUA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 77
Asankragua
0263004578
0312422119
0312422204 150metres off police station junction Around Police Station - Asankragua

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BOLGA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 467
Bolga
0263004580
0382023220
0382024221
0382024221 GNA block,
Tanzui road

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CAPE-COAST
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 1076
Cape-Coast
0263004571
0263004564
0332132717
0332137796
0332132717 Mfantsipim junction

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HO
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 199
HO
0362028270
0362028290
0362028291
0362028270 OLA top near star shs and opposite limb fitting

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HOHOE
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 188
Hohoe
0263004576
0362095027
0362720221
0362720221 200 Metres from the junction, opposite Hohoe Hospital junction Gbohorme, Hohoe

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KOFORIDUA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 467
Koforidua
0263004550
0342023551
0342023551 Linda Dor Plaza 100 Meters from Barclays Bank

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KUMASI
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 4055
Kumasi, Patasi Estate(A17)
0322026503
0322025309
0322028846
0322026503 Opposite West End Hospital Near KSTS

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ODA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Hector junction
0342922466
0342922515
0342922815 Near Government Hospital

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SUNYANI
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority,
Second gate, Sunyani magazine
0352-052214
0352027257
035202521 2nd Gate Sunyani Magazine

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TAKORADI
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 918
Takoradi
0263004556
0312024009
0312025591
0312024009 Opposite Melcom Market Circle

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TAMALE
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 1359
Tamale-Kokuo
0263004565
0263004567
0372026360 Opposite Tamale Teaching Hospital

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TEMA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Community 1
Tema
0263004574
0303207617
0302671647
0302671648
None Stadium Junction

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WA
Address Telephone Fax Landmark
National lottery authority
Box 493
Wa
0263004579
0392020858
039262085 opposite ramabus goil filling station, airstrip road

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