LOTTERIES NIGERIA Blacklisting threatens to restart Nigerian regulatory battle 4 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Post Views: 83 The long-running dispute between Nigeria’s gambling regulator the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and the Lagos State Lottery Board (LSLB) could resume after the state regulator blacklisted a number of operators licensed by its federal counterpart. The NLRC noted “with dismay” that the LSLB had added GabLotto, Give ‘n’ take, MLotto, WesternLotto, WescoLotto, Chopbarh, Betbiga, Betwinner, Bet24hrs and Truthware Solutions, operator of the Zoomlifestyle lottery, to its blacklist. The Lagos board also publicly claimed Truthware Solutions was conducting its business without necessary approval, to discourage citizens in Nigeria’s largest urban area from playing. However, all these companies have secured federal licences, which the NLRC said precluded the LSLB from blocking their operations in the state. “As the apex regulator of lotteries and gaming in Nigeria, the NLRC is not in doubt of its mandate and powers conferred on it by the National Lottery Act 2005, which is the contemporary law governing lottery and gaming activities in modern Nigeria,” – the NLRC said. “Any operator licensed by the federal government has the right and is free to conduct business of lottery and gaming in any part of the federation (Lagos State inclusive).” It argued that the validity of its licences across all states was supported by a “plethora” of court judgements, which ultimately invalidated the blacklisting of the brands in Lagos. The dispute threatens to restart a long-running battle between the NLRC and LSLB over regulatory jurisdiction. The state lottery board, which was formed before the national regulator, has previously cracked down on operators licensed at a federal level, demanding these businesses secure an LSLB licence in order to continue targeting players in the state. This ultimately led to Lagos States’ then-governor Akinwunmi Ambode stepping in to mediate between the parties, in May 2019. Source: igamingbusiness.com Iwo BulskiIssues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: blacklist, igambling, Lottery Continue Reading Previous Lotto allocates R150m to NPOs to survive pandemicNext Deji Enwezor Appointed as CEO of Quanta Nigeria More Stories BETTING NIGERIA Nigeria Sports Betting Sector Report 2020-2021 15 hours ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES A Walk through Lotteries in Africa 2 weeks ago Peter Situma BETTING NIGERIA NIgeria – Sports Betting Platforms Wants 3-year Tax Holiday 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING NIGERIA Nigeria – FG promises to support sports betting operators 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Lotto looter Leslie Ramulifho has committed fraud and perjury 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Pin Projekt enters South Africa with Hollywoodbets deal 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.