The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has commended KGL Technology Limited, operators of the official short code of the authority’s *959# for a solid partnership and good working relationship.

NLA has also acknowledged the various roles KGL Technology Limited has played in resolving some financial issues recently, which otherwise would have plunged the authority into some level of crisis.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the NLA said the key among these issues is the recent financial challenges that were encountered by the authority largely due to high winning ratios recorded over a long period of time.

According to the statement, the win ratios were exceeding the sales/revenue generated and this brought about some considerable level of liquidity challenges.

However, a licensed partner company, KGL Technology Limited timely offered the authority life-saving antidotes to resolve this situation.

NLA, the statement pointed out, is grateful for such help.

KGL Technology Limited is a leading digital online lotto marketing company, assisting the NLA to fully implement its digitalization programme.

Meanwhile, the NLA has reacted to a publication dated Wednesday, March 17, 2021, by The Finder newspaper captioned “KGL’S NLA BAIL OUT RAISES KEY QUESTIONS AS 6 YEAR’S REVENUE OF NLA SHOWS POSITIVE BALANCE”

Read NLA’s full response below:

We want to state categorically that the publication is misleading, manufactured lies, outright fabrications and never represent the true picture of the financial records at the NLA.

In his analysis of the NLA financial records, the Editor of The Finder and writer of the article, Mr. Elvis Darko, completely failed to factor the following key financial obligations of the authority in his calculations:

1. Payment of commission to Lotto Marketing Companies over the last six (6) years.

2. Payment of fees to the Technical Service Providers over the last six (6) years.

3. Statutory Payments to the Consolidated Fund over the last (6) six years.

4. Payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits to the employees of the authority over the last (6) six years.

5. Cost of day-to-day administration and operations of the NLA over the last six (6) years.

6. Payment for contracts executed by individual companies over the last six (6) years.

7. Other financial expenses of the authority over the last six (6) years.

Clearly, Mr. Elvis Darko limited his analysis to revenue and payments of prizes (wins) which clearly amounted to gross unprofessionalism and deliberate dishonesty.

We, therefore, urged the general public to totally ignore it and treat it with a pinch of salt.

We are also urging all stakeholders and employees of the authority to remain calm as the authority takes all the necessary steps to address the concerns of the lottery industry.

The NLA is assuring the general public and stakeholders that it is taking more pragmatic steps to address all current challenges and bounce back stronger as the leading lottery regulator and operator in Africa.

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