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Ethiopian Gambling Laws

While gambling is not technically illegal in Ethiopia, it is heavily regulated. As of this writing, there are no legal casinos in the country.

In 1961, the National Lottery Administration of Ethiopia was established. It started out by issuing a conventional lottery known as “Regular” lottery.

The primary objective of the Administration is to operate and administer the lottery. The second is to regulate all activities which are related to the lottery or gambling. This is done by issuing permits and collecting fees. They also ensure that a portion of the revenue goes to various charities.

The National Lottery Administration can also issue permits or restrict the following:

- Articles of billiards
- Articles of casino or bingo
- Playing cards
- Video games
- Other disk or coin-operated games

In the 1980s, a casino did exist at the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa. But after a brawl which resulted in the death of a patron, it was shut down by order of the Ethiopian prime minister.

In 1995, a project proposal for a new casino was presented to parliament, but it failed to pass. Another proposal was presented in 2006, but it once again failed to gain the necessary support.

Ethiopia Facts

A landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is bordered by the Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia. It has the second highest population in Africa.

Ethiopia is the second-oldest country to have converted to Christianity, having done so in the fourth century. It became a secular state in 1974, and continues to have a sizeable Muslim community.

Ethiopia joined the League of Nations in 1923 and was one of the fifty-one original members of the United Nations. There are 45 Ethiopian embassies and consulates located around the globe.

The country is divided into nine administrative states and two chartered cities. They are:

- Addis Ababa (chartered city)
- Afar
- Amhara
- Benishangul-Gumuz
- Dire Dawa (chartered city)
- Gambela
- Hararj
- Oromia
- Somali
- Tigray
- Southern Nation, Nationalities and People’s Region

One of the poorest countries in the world, Ethiopia has long struggled with famine, losing over half a million people in the last century.

Youth unemployment is estimated to be as high as 70%, and it is almost impossible for someone to get a start-up loan for a small business. As a result, many educated citizens leave the country in search of better opportunities.

Agriculture is a vital part of the nation’s economy, accounting for around 41% of the gross domestic product. Crops include sugarcane, potatoes, cereals, beans, coffee and oilseeds. Coffee beans are the country’s largest export, but khat, gold, oilseeds and leather are also important. The nation is also one of the top flower and plant exporters in the world.

In 2006, the population was estimated to be at 75.1 million people. There are 80 different ethnic groups in the nation, though some of these number as little as 10,000. The Oromo are the largest ethnic group, while the Amhara and Tigray also make up a significant percentage.

84 different indigenous languages are spoken in the country, but most speak a Semitic or Cushitic language. English is the most common foreign language.

Over half of the nation follows Christianity, although Islam also has a sizeable following. The Beta Israel, an ancient group of Jews, live in the northwestern part of the country. Considered by many scholars to be the “Lost Tribe of Israel,” many have since emigrated to Israel.

The country is also the birthplace of the Rastafari movement, whose followers believe that Ethiopia is Zion and Emperor Haile Selassie I was Jesus. Selassie did not follow this belief and was himself an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian.

Lottery in Ethiopia

Drawings for the lottery are held in public using drawing machines. The website for the Ethiopian lottery is located at http://www.mor.gov.et/NLAWEB/ . Available lottery games include:

- Regular lottery
- Extra Special (Elephant)
- Tombola
- Special lottery
- Enqutatash lottery
- EdelLottery
- Tenise Lottery
- “Lotto” lottery

When people think of the Ethiopian Lottery, they often associate it with a common Internet scam. Potential victims will receive an email informing them that they’ve won millions of dollars in the Ethiopian lottery (even thought they didn’t play). They will then be asked to send several hundred dollars to cover shipping fees. Of course, they never see their prize money, and the money sent for shipping is also gone forever.

The people behind these scams are almost impossible to track down. As such, the best option is simply to delete these messages when they appear in your inbox.

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