The Trinidad and Tobago Lotto Agents Association (TTLAA) is calling on the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to intervene in the running of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) or their members would desist from selling lottery tickets and return the machines to the control board.
In a press conference today, the TTLAA president, Allen Campbell, described the lotteries governing agency as a" runaway horse". He said the NLCB continues to give agents conflicting information and unilaterally suppressing their machines.
A Twitter account in the name of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), has been declared as a fake account.
The account - @NLCBTT - has posted dozens of tweets in the last five days, including some of pornographic nature.
The NLCB has said that it does not have a Twitter account and that the page is a fake representation of the company.
The photo on the account is that of the NLCB's Play Whe logo.
The account has been posting various tweets from what appears to be local news, to sales of items and links to the Pornhub website.
The National Lotteries Control Board is still calculating exactly how much money it will have to pay back to gamblers but says the amount does not exceed half a million dollars. This as the NLCB issued a statement on Friday that it will have to refund all the 10% deducted for the period July 30th to August 4th.
However, NLCB Chairman Eustace Nancis says he doesn't estimate the figure to be more than 300 to 400 thousand dollars.
Initially, the NLCB announced that winnings crossing $1,000 would be taxed at 10%.
The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) is advising customers that a 10 per cent tax will be deducted on total winnings per ticket over $1000 from today.
The NLCB made the announcement via an advertisement in the newspaper today.
It stated “today lottery winnings tax starts, you always win big with NLCB,”
A $3 million dollar request from the NLCB to the ministry of finance has been denied.
CNC3 has obtained a copy of the letter sent by Vishnu Dhanpaul of the ministry of finance to the Mr Michael Jogee of the NLCB
In the letter, Ddanpaul stated “ please be advised I have been instructed by minister of finance Colm Imbert to inform the board of the NLCB that no approval has been granted for the expenditure of $3 million to be used in NLCB's 50th-anniversary celebration”