Play lottery for the country’s development – NLRC

Mr. Adolphus Ekpe, The Director General of NLRC (National Lottery Regulatory Commission) has urged Nigerians to play the lottery as a civil responsibility. He also said that players should not only play for personal interests but also consider adding value to the country.

The initiative behind this urge is to raise more economic funds for the country’s development. News Agency of Nigeria recently held an interview with Mr. Ekpe, he said “Lottery was a tool of employment generation, an instrument of raising funds for government’s special projects and a way of achieving wealth distribution and re-distribution”.

According to Mr. Ekpe, if lottery is played as civil responsibility then a country could generate high income for the country’s development. Twenty percent of lottery proceeds are distributed for the good causes like infrastructure, sports, health etc.

He mentioned “Section 57 of the Lottery Act 2005 defines lottery as any game, scheme, arrangement, system, plan, promotional competition or device for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance. And because lottery plays greater role in the development of a country’s economy, Nigerians should play it as a civic responsibility. It has every tendency of increasing the country’s purchasing power.’’

He said if players who play lottery frequently and still could not win it, will eventually benefit from the society at large as they are contributing to the economy.

“So, playing lottery means to put resources together and also to build income that everyone in the society will benefit from,’’ said by Mr. Epke.