Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Lotteries in Guinea

Guinea, formerly known as French Guinea is a country located in the West Africa. Guinea comprises population of about 11.6 million (2014). It is a predominantly Islamic country, with 85% of Muslims representing the nation.
Talking about telecommunications, the mobile cellular system in the country is growing rapidly and had an estimated 4.8 million lines in 2012. There were 95,000 Internet users in 2009, 161st in the world and these stats jumped to 162,202 users by 2012, reaching 1.5% of the population in 2012.
The most popular form of gambling in the nation is lottery. The national lottery of Guinea is La Loterie Nationale de Guinée (LONAGUI). The online lottery is legal but there are no domestic online lottery operators so far, due to low Internet penetration rate.

Mr. Chérif Haidara, The Head of LONAGUI, realized the weight of contribution of games towards society, stating that "Feeding the crates of the state. In less than a year, Guinea Games have paid tens of billions of Guinean francs to the state, even beyond the forecasts of the most savvy tax specialists. In the labor market, the contribution of gaming companies to the national effort against youth unemployment is almost a priority. Guinea - Games alone accounts for more than 80% of jobs in the sector.”
There are land-based casinos operating around the country offering the most popular games to players like blackjack, poker, and roulette. Casinos have to obtain proper licenses to operate, though. The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning is the government body controlling and supervising all the gambling operations. Players are eligible to visit offshore online casino. Therefore, many foreign online casinos accept players from Guinea.

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