The National Lottery Act and the establishment of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission took place in 2005. Still, the federal government’s recent launch of National Lottery Nigeria (NLN) marks an important milestone. The government’s vision is to develop NLN into a world-class online betting platform in Nigeria that offers millions of Nigerians the opportunity to play and win significant sums of money. Systems and Gaming Ltd runs the lottery’s platform and ensures a glitch-free experience for players.
Excitement fills the air as the platform offers a wide array of captivating games, such as Naija Mega Jackpot, 6/49, Pick 3, and Instant Win scratch cards. Naija Mega Jackpot stands out as the leading game, with a minimum prize of 45 million nairas. As a progressive game, it can potentially award players hundreds of millions. To get started, players can dial the USSD code *9966# or visit www.nationallotterynigeria.com.
The live draws for the lottery broadcasts on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) since 4 March 2023. Viewers can tune in to NTA every Wednesday and Saturday night to watch the Naija Mega Jackpot draw. Likewise, the 6/49 draw will be televised on NTA every Tuesday and Friday night. For those without access to NTA, the draws can be followed on any NLN social media platform during the specified times.
Layi Onafowokan, the Managing Director of the lottery, emphasizes that NLN is not just a revenue source for the government but also a catalyst for job creation, entrepreneurship, and charitable initiatives. A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will be allocated to various philanthropic causes, positively impacting society.
To ensure the integrity of the games, an Integrity Committee comprising members of the National Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and other affiliated entities has been established. This committee will ensure fairness and equity in conducting the games. Onafowokan commends NLRC, under the leadership of Director General Lanre Gbajabiamila, for their dedication to the success of the project and the growth of the lottery industry in Nigeria.
Dr George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, expresses his enthusiasm for establishing NLN and highlights its significant role in advancing Nigeria’s economy. He cites successful implementations of national lotteries in other countries and believes it can bring similar benefits to Nigeria.