National Lottery Administration of Ethiopia was established as the
first autonomous & legal state lottery by Proclamation number
183 in 1961.
The Administration began its operation by issuing conventional lottery
named Regular lottery on September 8, 1961 G.C(on Ethiopian New
Year "Enqutatash") which was drawn after staying four months in
the market .This lottery was drawn on the promised & planned
date of drawing i.e .7 January 1962 (on Ethiopian Christmas-"Genna").
This lottery also had five perforated parts of the same number winning
Birr 10,000 each in the 1st prize.
Administration was again reorganized & strengthened by proclamation
No 210/1981. According to this proclamation National Lottery Administration
has dual objectives. The first objective is operating and administrating
money lottery. The other objective is regulating and controlling
all activities that are related to lottery games and gambling. The
second objective includes the power of issuing permits to other
persons who carry out Tombolla and sport betting, suspend and cancel
the permits for sufficient reasons, and collect charges for the
permits issued. It has also a power to give permit or restrict the
importation of game related items and machines such as:-
· Playing cards
Articles of billiards
Articles of Casino and Bingo
Other games (disk or coin operated).
Administration has played an important role for more than 48 years
in Ethiopia's socio-economic development:-
by paying to the prize winners which reaches 43.4% of the total
income on the overage;
by paying commission for itinerary lottery vendors & agents
which reaches 17% of the total income.
by covering its own operational expenses (printing, advertisement,
salary etc)which reaches 17.8% of the total income.
by transferring the profit for the well being of the people through
Government expenditure which can remain 21.8 % of the total income.
Administration is now accountable by proclamation No.256/94 to the
Ethiopian Revenu and Customs Authority.