RECENT EVENTS


NLA BOARD INAUGURATED

The Board ofDirectors of the National Lottery Authoritywas on Friday July 21, 2017inaugurated.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon.Kwaku Agyeman Kwartengsworeinto office members of the Board at the Ministry of Finance.
The seven member Board of Directors include, TogbeFrancis Nyonyo, Chairman of the Board and member of the Council of State, Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, Director-General of NLA, HenryYentumi, AdelaideAmno-Kumi, Helen Akpene Awo Ziwu, Joana Frances Adda, and Phillip Kofi Anning.

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Section 36 of the National Lotto Act,2006, (ACT 722) stipulates that the Authority’s Board comprise a Chairperson, the Director-General of the Authority, one representative of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry for the Interior, the Attorney-General’s Office not below the rank of Senior State Attorney and two other persons, at least one of whom is a woman.


STEPHEN APPIAH PAYS COURTESY CALL ON DG

Former Captain of the Black Stars, Stephen Appiah this morning called on the Director General, Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo (Rtd) at Fortune House, Accra.
The National Peace Council on 18th January named Stephen Appiah as the Peace and Unity Ambassador ahead of the 2016 General Elections. As part of Stephen Appiah’s nationwide campaign to promote peace before, during and after the elections, Primeval Media acting on behalf of Stephen Appiah will organize the UNITY MATCH FOR PEACE 2016 in June.
Two international friendly matches will be played between a world select team and Asante Kotoko on 8th June and another with the Black Stars on 11th June. Some of the players include, Sol Campbel, Emile Heskey, Didier Drogba, Samuel Etoo, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, George Boateng and Steve Mcmanaman.

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Stephen Appiah in the company of Managing Director of Primeval Media, Larry OpareOtoo, asked NLA to support him in the quest to promote peace through the nation’s common unifier, football. Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo (Rtd) who described the initiative as a laudable one pledged NLA’s support to the cause for peace.


NLA COMMISERATES WITH OKUAPEMAN

The National Lottery Authority has presented a cheque of Ten thousand Ghana cedis (Ghs 10,000.00) and a carton of schnapps to the Akropong Traditional Council. This is to support the funeral rites of the late Okuapemhene, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III who passed on in August 2015.
General Manager, Security and Special Projects, Lt. Col. Dzotofe-Mensah said the gesture is NLA’s contribution to help give the late chief a befitting burial.
Akuapem Gyasehene, Nana Osim Kwatia II who talked about the longstanding relationship between Okuapeman and NLA thanked the Authority for responding to their call for support.

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The late chief, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III was installed the Paramount Chief of the Akuapem Traditional Area in 1974 at the age of 44 and reigned for 35 years. He is reputed to be the longest reigning Okuapehene since the formation of the Akuapem State.


NLA PROVIDES DABALA SENIOR HIGH TECHNICAL SCHOOL WITH OFFICE EQUIPMENT

The National Lottery Authority has donated office equipment worth Thirteen thousand, four hundred and forty Ghana cedis (Ghs 13,440.00) to the Dabala Senior High Technical School (DASTECH) in the Volta Region.
The equipment comprised a Digital Risograph Machine, a Cannon Photocopier, two Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) units and a Digital Printer. Headmaster of the Dabala Senior High Technical School, Mr. Addae Kornutse said until now the school had never owned a photocopier machine or a printer in its twenty five years of existence and previously had to print its examination papers in town and at the Sogakope Senior High School.

He expressed profound gratitude to management of NLA for the gesture and called on other organizations to assist the school as it lacks infrastructure and logistics. He also thanked the board chairman of NLA, Ambassador Oscar Ameyedowu for his continuous support to the school. General Manager, Security and Special Projects of NLA, Lt. Col. Yaw Dzotofe-Mensah (Rtd) said NLA was touched by the plight of the school and thus responded to the request for the office equipment. The donation forms part of the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility. He also urged the students to be studious and put the equipment to good use.

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The Dabala Senior High Technical School in the South Tongu district of the Volta region was established in 1991 as a community based school and currently operates a boarding house with about 200 students.
The school has a student population of Six hundred and fifty with Fifty five teaching staff.


NLA SUPPORTS GENDER MINISTRY WITH GHS 10,000.00

The National Lottery Authority has donated a cheque of Ten thousand Ghana cedis (Ghs 10,000.00) to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as part of its mandate is required to protect and care for vulnerable and marginalized groups, particularly orphans, aged, destitute, inmates of female prisons and the Gambaga Witches Camp. The ministry during the yuletide every year presents food items, drinks, cloths and toiletries to these vulnerable groups.

Stressing the importance of customer service to an organization’s business growth, Brig Gen Ahiaglo stated that ‘'in today's customer-oriented business environment, the manner in which you handle your customers can directly affect an organization's goals and its performance, and in NLA we realize that customer service is everyone's responsibility.'’

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Corporate Communications Manager of NLA, Kesewaah Dolphyne who presented the cheque to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection noted that NLA is very sympathetic to the needs of the less privileged and thus decided to support the Ministry to achieve a common goal.
The Sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur who received the cheque thanked NLA for the continuous support and said it would enable the ministry put smiles on the faces of the deprived.


NLA CELEBRATES CUSTOMER SERICE WEEK

Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo (Rtd)) has announced that the Authority has paid GH¢29
million into the consolidated fund. This represents 90 percent of its target with the Authority confident of achieving 100% by the end of the year. He was speaking at the launch of NLA’s Customer Service Week themed, 'Your Smile Makes a Customers Day.'

Stressing the importance of customer service to an organization’s business growth, Brig Gen Ahiaglo stated that ‘'in today's customer-oriented business environment, the manner in which you handle your customers can directly affect an organization's goals and its performance, and in NLA we realize that customer service is everyone's responsibility.'’

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He added that NLA has also instituted its three-year Innovative Strategy for Growth as one of its pillars to promote a customer-centric culture with the customer at the forefront of every activity. With the acquisition of 7,400 new Point of Sale Terminals (POSTs) in August, to augment the current stock of POSTs the authority now operates over 29,000 POSTs inclusive of those supplied by SIMNET.
NLA has also improved the payment of commissions to Lotto Marketing Companies to motivate them. The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mona Quartey, commended NLA for their continuous contribution to the Consolidated Fund and impacting lives and communities nationwide with its corporate social responsibility. She urged the Authority to continue to endeavor to provide excellent services to their customers to ensure they are retained while attracting new ones.
Director of Operations, Dr. George Gyamfi-Osew, said several activities, which include public awareness campaign on the activities of NLA, lucky dips and fun games, had been lined up for the week.

NLA LENDS A HAND TO CHISEN FOUNDATION

The National Lottery Authority has assisted the Chisen Foundation with a cheque of Ten thousand Ghana cedis (Ghs 10,000.00).
TThe Chisen Foundation is a non-governmental organization which provides help to children with special needs and disability in Ghana. The foundation currently has about 300 children in its care and also supports families of children with special needs. The donation which forms part of the NLA’s Corporate Social Responsibility is to help the Chisen foundation realize its vision of building an educational centre for the kids.



NLA SUPPORTS LITTLE DENNIS YEBOAH WITH Ghs 15,000.00

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has presented a cheque of Ghs 15,000.00 to the GRAFT Foundation.

TThis is for the treatment of Dennis Yeboah, an eighteen month old toddler who has suffered deep superficial burns on the face, neck and upper trunk. The burns occurred when a lit candle came into contact with a mosquito net under which Dennis was sleeping and caught fire causing severe burns to him.

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Corporate Communications Manager of NLA, Kesewaah Dolphyne said the Authority was deeply moved by the plight of Dennis and decided to respond promptly to the call for funds to aid in his treatment. The donation which forms part of the NLA’s Corporate Social Responsibility is one of several the Authority has made to improve the lives of the citizenry particularly in the area of health.
Chairman of the Graft Foundation and Head of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at the 37 Military Hospital, Dr. Abrokwaa-Yankyera who received the donation on behalf of Dennis thanked NLA for the assistance and called on other organizations to emulate the gesture. Dennis has so far undergone four surgeries and is recuperating.


PAST EVENTS

NLA ASSISTS KIDNEY PATIENT

The National Lottery Authority on Tuesday presented a cheque for GH¢ 10,000 to Mr. Kenneth Odamtten to undergo a kidney transplant in India.
Mr Odamtten, 27 years old, who dropped out of the Wisconsin University at level 200, was diagnosed with End State Renal Disease and requires an amount of $40,000 to undergo surgery.

Kesewaah Dolplyne, Corporate Communications Manager of the NLA, who presented the cheque, said the donation was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the NLA to restore life of the citizenry.

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She said the health of the Ghanaian citizenry is important to the Authority, adding that as the citizen’s remain healthier, they promote the development of the country. Mr. Rowland Lamptey, Uncle of Mr. Odamtten, who received the cheque, said the last test conducted by the specialist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital indicated that Mr. Odamtten was left with a three per cent kidney life to survive.
He said the diagnosis started six years ago with some wrong treatment, until recently when it was detected that his kidney was affected by the treatment. Mr. Lamptey said the money received from the NLA would go a long way to help Mr. Odamtten in the surgery process and thanked the Authority for the gesture.
He said the NLA was the first institution to donate to his nephew and called on other organizations to emulate the example to help restore life of Mr. Odamtten.

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LONTO RECEIVES 9,500 FOR HEALTH SCREENING

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has provided the chiefs and people of Lonto in the Sangwai Traditional Area in the Kpandai District in the Northern Region with GH¢9,500 to undertake a health-screening exercise.
The package is also to help enroll a total of 100 vulnerable persons including women, children and the aged in the Lonto community, onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them to access health care. The health-screening exercise and registration of the beneficiaries for the NHIS formed part of activities to mark the first anniversary of the enstoolment of Nana Kofi Kwasare II, to the Amankrado Stool of the Sungwai Traditional Area.

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The occasion was also used to launch a health and education foundation for the area. The inhabitants of the area, comprising the aged, women, men and children, received free medical screening for malaria, blood pressure and diabetes. Those with serious eyesight problems, such as cataract who needed specialist care, were referred to the nearest bigger health facilities while those who were screened with malaria were given medication.
The health screening was undertaken by health personnel from the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital and the Salaga Government Hospital.

NHIS SUBSCRIBERS

According to an official from the NHIS responsible for the Kpandai and East Gonja districts, Mr. Briamah Mohammed Joe, a total of 98,000 people from the two districts had registered for the NHIS, in addition to the 100 people who were registered during the health screening.
The Corporate Communications Manager of the NLA, Mrs. Kesewaah Dolphyne, who presented the cheque on behalf of the NLA at the durbar to climax the celebrations which were held together with the health screening exercise at Lonto, said the support formed part of NLA’s corporate social responsibility to support residents in needy communities to improve on their health status. She said the NLA did not only support initiatives to promote health, education and the preservation of the cultural heritage of people in the urban centre, but also in rural and hard-to-reach communities such as Lonto, as a way of giving back to the society.

APPRECIATION

A member of the Planning Committee of the anniversary, Rev. Kwasi Addai-Naami, on behalf of the chiefs and people of Lonto, thanked the NLA for helping to organize the free health screening exercise for the community to help meet the health needs of the people and stated that the free medical screening would be an annual affair on the calendar for the community. He said the community had a health centre but the roof of the maternity block was ripped off during a rainstorm recently and therefore, appealed for assistance to enable them to re-roof the building and also rehabilitate the feeder road linking Lonto to Kpandai, the district capital.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

In an address read on his behalf, the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Limuna, urged the people to observe personal hygiene and always keep their surroundings clean to avoid diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and other communicable ones. The Chief of the Lonto Traditional Area, Nana Kofiwuram II, also expressed his appreciation to NLA for the support and called on other corporate and benevolent organisations to contribute to a health and education foundation launched by the traditional council to promote health and education in the area.

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NLA SUPPORTS GHANA ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION WITH CGH 12,200.00

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has presented a cheque of Twelve Thousand Two Hundred Cedis (GHC12, 200.00) to the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA).

The donation which forms part of the NLA’s Corporate Social Responsibility is to support the Ghana Athletics Association in their preparation towards the All African Games slated for 4th to 19th September in Brazzaville, Congo. General Manager of Security and Special Projects, Lt. Col. Yaw Dzotefe-Mensah who presented the cheque to the GAA, said the NLA sponsored the GAA to enable them prepare adequately for the games and win laurels for Ghana. Organizing Secretary of the Ghana Athletics Association, Samuel Ayer commended the NLA for the support and appealed to other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture. Similarly, the NLA has presented a cheque of Twenty thousand Ghana cedis (GH 20,000.00) to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to assist in preparations towards the All African Games.


NLA RECORDS SECOND JACKPOT

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) Soccer-Cash game has recorded its second jackpot winner, in the person of Mr Tumalug Eric Bayela-Oni from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
He took home GH₵ 37,000 for his prize, after predicting correctly all the 12 match fixture at the seventh draw of the game. Mr Shine Gbologa, Director of Sales at NLA commended Mr Bayela-Oni for winning the jackpot. He said the Soccer-Cash is intended to change lives and it is living up to its promise as many people continue to win every week. He announced that, the jackpot for this week is GH₵ 10,000 and it is growing daily.

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He explained that with the Soccer-Cash game, 45 per cent of the pool would go to players who got 10 out of the 12 match fixture predictions correct, 20 per cent to the players who got 11 out of 12 match fixture predictions right and 35 per cent of the pool would go to players who got all 12 match fixture predictions accurate. He said the game involved the prediction of the Home team or Away team winning or the match ending in a draw for each of the 12 matches available for the week.

He explained that the12-match fixture for the week would involve matches in English premier league, La Liga, German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, and it is currently available at all NLA retailer outlets. Mr Gbologa said tickets could be purchased for the game in multiples at GH¢ 1 each and urged all to participate to be part of the winning team.

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BUSINESSMAN WINS GH¢ 41,127 IN NLA'S SOCCER CASH GAME

A businessman from Asankragua in the Western Region, Bright Adjei, has received a cheque for forty One thousand, one hundred and twenty seven Cedis for emerging the first jackpot winner of the National Lottery Authority’s Soccer Cash Game.
Soccer-Cash is a pool-based game for football lovers. A minimum of 12 fixtures are chosen from selected leagues all over the world including the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and the local Ghanaian league, for players to predict the outcome weekly.

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Bright Adjei says the lottery is real and wants other soccer fans to try their luck. "I played about six tickets and the value was about 31 cedis; but surprisingly it was the one cedi that I won. I also won 11 predictions out of the twelve but that was also five cedis for one. I never believe it myself because I don't usually play lotto but I am a soccer fan so I decided to try my luck when I heard about it and believe it or not I had the jackpot so I will urge other soccer fans to try their luck". Other soccer fans also went home with several attractive prizes Persons aged 18 and above can participate in the soccer cash game.

NLA DONATES POWER DRILL MACHINES TO KORLE BU TEACHING HOSPITAL

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) on Thursday donated two power drill machines worth 33,800 Euros to the accident centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo, Acting Director General of NLA said the donation was in response to an appeal made by the hospital to the Authority. He said the accident centre is the biggest in Ghana with a huge patient burden which in most cases require intensive care or immediate surgery.

He said the NLA remains committed to uphold its social values by fulfilling its role as partner for national development. Brig Ahiaglo urged Ghanaians with the legal age of 18 years and above to help accelerate national development by engaging in responsible gaming. He said responsible gaming makes financial resources available for some lucky members of the society and the government to implement developmental programmes for the benefit of all.

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“I will urge all those indulging in illegal lottery known as ‘Banker to Banker’ to also desist from this nation wrecking activity and resolve to play the lawful game which all Ghanaians are eventual winners,” he said.

Michael Segbefia, Head of Accident Centre at the Hospital said the facility recorded 5000 cases last year and the power drills would help the personnel to work fast and reduce overcrowding. Reverend Albert Botchway, Acting Chief Administrator at Korle-Bu Hospital commended NLA for making the premier hospital as one of its source of investment. He said the donation had come at the right time as the use of motorbikes for commercial purpose is increasing road casualties in the capital.
He said the donation would boost the morale of the staff at the centre to work harder by attending to more cases in a day. He urged other corporate organisations to emulate the NLA gesture. Rev Botchway also commended government for releasing million for the retooling of the hospital.

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