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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:00

Lotto lovers across the country have been eagerly awaiting the return of that rhythmic sound made by the Tropical Gaming machine printing a Lotto ticket. Well according to Newin Samuels, Officer in Charge of the GST San Ignacio Branch, Lotto players need not wait any more. According to him, a ten year contract was signed on Tuesday, April 6, with Tropical Gaming Company for the playing of Lotto in Belize.

Tropical Gaming Company’s Lotto license expired on February 24, 2009. Since the last winner, Paula Vasquez, went to claim her prize, Lotto has not been playing for more than a couple months now. When we spoke to Lincoln Blake, Senior Economist in the Ministry of Economic Development, on March 10 he explained that during the negotiations Tropical Gaming was offered a temporary license to operate. That license would have expired this April. However, the negotiations went on without that temporary license.

The goal of the government during the negotiations was to retrieve more revenues and provide more regulation of the game. Blake said that Lotto players need to be protected and their winnings need to be guaranteed. Now that the two parties have come to an agreement, lotto tickets are now on sale and the first drawing will be held on Saturday, April 17.