Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Lotteries in Senegal

Senegal is a country situated in West Africa.  The economic and political capital is Dakar.  It has an estimated population of about 13.5 million (2013).  Lottery has always been a huge sensation in the country and Senegalese still embrace it.

Talking about telecommunication and Internet, Senegal has an excellent telecommunication infrastructure, which is now digital. The last several years have witnessed spectacular growth of mobile telephone use from 1.5 million subscribers in 2005 to 13.3 million in 2012. 

The growth in Internet users has rose from 1.8 million users (2009) to 2.5 million users (2012), which is around 19.2% of its population.

The Senegalese national lottery is LONASE (Loterie Nationale Senegalaise). It does not offer any of its product online, so far.  To get closer to its customers, the Senegalese National Lottery (LONASE) put on the market, the mobile PMU, currently being tested at the 24th International Fair of Dakar (Fidak).  "We plan to popularize the product outside of the fair with 1,000 points of mobile sales across Senegal", informs, El Hadj Malick Mbaye, Director of Marketing and Communication of the LONASE at the launching ceremony of this product at the fair Dakar. 
 
Land based casinos are legal and regulated in the country. There are five casinos in the country, so far. When it comes to sports betting only horse betting and virtual horse betting are legal but there is no online platform available to bet on.

The national lottery is conducted only by legal gambling providers in Senegal (excluding casinos), LONASE.  Foreign online lotteries are technically illegal. However, there does not appear to be any law in place in Senegal that would criminalise participation in foreign online lottery draws.

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