As part of efforts to ensure proper regulation as well as promote sanity in the lotteries and gaming industry, the Lagos State Government has named 37 unlicensed gaming operators in the State.
A release signed by Mr. Bashir Abiola Are, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority, advised all residents to desist from patronising the platforms of the unlicensed gaming companies in a bid to avoid scam and deception.
He stressed that Section 5, Part II of the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, Cap T2 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gives exclusive authority of Pool Betting, Lotteries, Gaming, Casino and related matters to State Governments.
The CEO added that the Lagos State Gaming and Lotteries Authority, formerly known as Lagos State Lotteries Board, is saddled with the sole responsibility of licensing and regulating games of chance, including public online lottery, online sports betting, scratch cards, interactive gaming, casino, gaming machine, pools betting, other lotteries, other games and related activities in Lagos State.
According to him, the 37 unregistered gaming companies are operating without the required licence and approval of the Lagos State Government, thereby making their activities illegal in State.
Are listed the names of the unauthorised gaming operators in Lagos as Betwinner, Bestbet360, Msport, Melbet, Chopbarh, Lottonigeria, Chase Lotto, Bangbet, Booster99, Betika and Nairamillion.
Others include Home and Cars Giveaway, Hamabet, Koretbet, Paripesa, Megabet, Bet365, Cloudbet, Zoomlifestyle, Zebet, Livescorebet, Allcitybet, 22bet, Lottomania, Gablotto, Lucky Number, Bettybingo, Lovingbet, Ebonybet, Betmonster, Superbet, Pmubet, Zenithbet, Mars Leisure Pools, Ubc 365bet, Afribet and Easybet.
The Chief Executive Officer further charged interested residents to visit its website – www.lslb.lg.gov.ng – for the list of licensed gaming operators approved to carry out gaming in the State.