The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has cautioned and instructed Alpha Lotto Limited to stop, with immediate effect, the live draw and use of its 5/90 digital lottery short code on GTV.
It noted that the live draw on GTV and short code operated by Alpha Lotto Limited are illegal and in total breach of the laws governing the lottery industry.
A statement from the Authority indicated that the only official short code it operates with is the *959# operated by KGL Technology Limited, the only licensed online lotto marketing company.
“The ONLY operational and functional official short code of National Lottery Authority (NLA) is *959#. Any other platform operating digital lottery short code is FRAUD and illegal,” the Authority said.
NLA has, therefore, “urged the general public, players and stakeholders of lottery industry to play NLA 5/90 through the Authority’s Point of Sale Terminals across the country, and through the ONLY Digital lottery platform of NLA *959#.”
The statement further noted that a lot of investment had gone into the development and running of the *959# short code, adding that “the Authority shall take steps to address the illegal short code and Live Draw by Alpha Lotto Limited.”