Assistant Director, Regulation and Monitoring, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr Yagba Tsav, has said that playing the lottery is key to national development.
Speaking at the third edition of the lottery draw organised by ‘Give and Take’ National Lottery Company, held in Abuja on Sunday, Tsav said that, “when you play lottery, what you are doing is that you are contributing to national development.
“In the United Kingdom, 75 percent of the population play lottery for the reason that they are contributing something to their national development.
“Let Nigerians take a cue from this and harness the benefits that are accruable,” Tsav stressed.
Noting that 20 percent of lottery proceeds go to the government trust fund for development of infrastructure, he
encouraged Nigerians to participate in the game, pointing out that when anyone plays the lottery, he stood the chance to win.
“You either win the jackpot or you win the consolation prices, so we are distributing wealth to ordinary Nigerians.
“The people who play lottery are essentially ordinary people; we want to distribute wealth to them,” he said.
According to him, the game of lottery has arrived Nigeria, saying that what `Give and Take` jackpot is giving to Nigerians was another level of acquiring wealth.
He said, “With ‘Give and Take’, we are going to see bigger things.
“The National Lottery Regulatory Commission is behind this company, we are doing our regulatory assignment. We are making sure that everything is going on well and Nigerians will enjoy this game”.
Also speaking, one of the company’s Ambassadors who is also a Nollywood Actress, Linda Osifo, encouraged Nigerians to keep playing the game, noting that the number of times one could play was unlimited.
On his part, a Nigerian Rapper, Jude Abaga popularly known as ‘M.I’, gave kudos to the management of the event, even as he affirmed that the studio of the company was one of the best in the country.
“The audience is life, what really blew me away was the production. The team is amazing. This is really a great job. It is a good thing that is inspiring young Nigerians.
“It is entertaining but more to that, it is a world class organisation running a programme and I am very proud to be here.
“It is an opportunity that could change anyone’s life at any point in time. The lottery commission is here to show that it is legitimate. It is open to everybody and anybody can win anytime. It is a great opportunity,” M.I. enthused.
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