What is a lottery?
A lottery is an activity, promotional device or game that involves three basic elements – prize, chance and consideration (a purchase or fee). This means that the activity or game items of value (prizes) are awarded to members of the public by drawings (chance), but it requires some form of payment or purchase (consideration) to participate.
The most common examples, are the local lotteries in which consumers must purchase an entry ticket for a chance to win. Other activities are the tickets and draws from schools, churches and other charitable organizations in which all three elements prize, chance and consideration are present. Lotteries are illegal except when conducted by States and certain exempt charitable organizations.
“National Lottery” means the National Lottery promoted and conducted by the Lotteries Board in terms of this Act, either as principal or through an agent, and includes all lotteries conducted for, and being part of, the National Lottery
The Lotteries Act, 2002 (Act 15 of 2002) was passed by the Parliament and signed by the President in terms of the Namibian Constitution and published in terms of Article 56 of that Constitution. The Act was promulgated on the 27th December 2002, to mainly control and regulate the lotteries activities in Namibia.