National Lotteries Board (NLB) subsidiary – Online Lotteries Private Limited is drawing dates for its launch, some time in late October. National Lotteries Board (NLB) subsidiary – Online Lotteries Private Limited is drawing dates for its launch, some time in late October. Over 100 internet based terminals to sell games have been deployed already in the greater Colombo area for the first phase.
The agents are being connected to a central server that will run the games.
However, initial plans were to deploy over 450 agent terminals by mid 2004, but plans went astray with the political chaos since last November and the April polls
Rapido, the first online lottery will retail at Rs. 30 a piece with the chance of winning upto Rs. 600,000 every fifteen minutes, NLB Chairman Mohan Wijesinghe said in an earlier interview.
Wijesinghe says the concept of the new game is to tap into the large segment of the population who don’t play the lottery.
“We dont want to compete for the Rs. 10 lottery ticket clientele. There is a business there and we want to let it continue.”
Rapido will operate for ten hours a day, or a total