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Lotteries Act, 1997 (Act No. 57 of 1997)

Functions of National Lotteries Board



Notice 3267 of 2003


Department of Trade and Industry


The National Lotteries Board was established in October 1998 in terms of the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997). The Board's main functions are described in the Lotteries Act as follows:

Advise the Minister of Trade and Industry on the issuing of the license to conduct the National Lottery;
Ensure that the National Lottery and Sports Pools are conducted with all due propriety;
Ensure that the interests of every participant in the National Lottery are adequately protected;
Ensure that then et proceeds of the National Lottery are as large as possible;
Administer the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and hold it in trust;
Monitor, regulate and police lotteries incidental to exempt entertainment, private lotteries, society lotteries and any competition contemplated in section 54;
Advise the Minister on percentages of money to be allocated in terms of section 26(3) of the Lotteries Act;
Advise the Minister on the efficacy of legislation pertaining to lotteries and ancillary matters;
Advise the Minister on establishing and implementing a social responsibility program in respect of lotteries;
Administer and invest the money paid to the board in accordance with the Lotteries Act;
Perform such additional duties in respect of lotteries as the Minister may assign to the board;
Make such arrangements as may be specified in the license for the protection of prize monies and sums for distribution; and
Advise the Minister on any matter relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries or any other matter on which the Minister requires the advice of the Board.