The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has held a photo and museum exhibition in Accra as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition was intended to showcase the various transformations that the Authority has gone through over the years.

Mr. Shine Gbologa, Director, Corporate Planning and Sales of NLA, said: ?The exhibition is to enable the Authority take stock of how it has delivered its mandate in generating revenue for the state.?

He gave an account of how the NLA, formerly the Department of National Lotteries, used car numbers for their draws.
           

A Playwright and Culture expert, Mr. Aaron Gyabaah Yeboah, said corruption by public officials in many West African countries can be blamed for the endemic poverty on the continent.

?Those who work around the so-called ?national cake? use different kinds of tools to cut that cake. Some use axes, hoes and machetes, while others use a chain-saw to cut their shares of the national cake. We need to do away with corruption in order to make the country prosper,? he said.

The introduction of lottery in the country was preceded by discussions and approval in 1955, and the passage of Parliamentary Act 1958 which gave birth to the Department of National Lottery. Subsequently, it was incorporated into a Lottery and Betting Act in 1960.

The operations of NLA started in 1962 with lotto coupons, through ticket-printing machines which operated on-line and off-line through Portable Automated Data Processing Machines.

Some past games conducted by the Authority included Own a House Lottery, Lotto Six-Seven, Lucky Scratch, the 6/40 Jackpot, and car raffles.

The NLA currently conduct games such as Monday special, Lucky Tuesday, Mid-Week, Fortune Thursday, Friday Bonanza, National, and Freaky Fortune.

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