Lotto Writers, Agents Reject NLA’s 20% Commission
Lotto operators, agents, and writers across the country have kicked against a decision by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) to reduce commissions paid to lotto writers from 30 percent to 20 percent. The lotto operators, writers, and agents said the reduction in the commissions would make life very difficult for them, especially in the face of the high cost of living and the
general worsening economic condition. They are therefore calling on the NLA to rather increase the commissions to 40 percent or maintain the original 30 percent commission At a stakeholder meeting in Accra Tuesday (November 8, 2022), the lotto industry players said even the 30 percent commission was not adequate and therefore a reduction to 20 percent would collapse their businesses and make life unbearable for them and their families.
The stakeholders meeting was among the Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG), and the Private Lotto Writers Association (PLAW). It was meant to allow the various groups to discuss the decision by the NLA in October this year for the commission to be reduced from
30 percent to 20 percent. The hundreds of lotto writers and members of the associations who turned up for the meeting were clad in red and carried placards to drive home their displeasure about the reduction in their commissions. Some of the placards read, Think about the Poor before you act and NLA why.
The Executive Secretary of CLAAG, Eric Kweku Duah- Tawiah said the reduction in the commission had been met with fierce resistance by the lotto writers and other industry players. The situation has resulted in several incidences of near altercations between lotto writers and their respective agents, he said. According to him, with
the current economic crisis, a reduction in the commission of lotto writers could collapse the industry as it would no longer be attractive. Already, he said the industry was under serious strain due to the introduction of the lottery on phones, which has reduced the sales of the lotto writers. He said if the NLA refuses to listen to
them, the associations would be forced to hit the street in a demonstration to highlight their plights, and also present their grievances to President Akufo-Addo. The industry is already suffering. Reduction in commissions is therefore a double blow for the writers and all industry players, he said. He announced that the associations would soon meet the NLA for the authority to address their concerns.