Zambian Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Gambling is legal in Zambia. This applies to casinos, slot machines and the national lottery. It is unknown if any other legal forms of gambling exist in Zambia.
Casinos in Zambia
Zambia currently has three legal casinos in operation within their borders. They are:
- New Fairmount Hotel & Casino (Mosi-O-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Southern, Zambia) This casino is open daily from 8pm until 3am. There are 30 gaming machines and six table and poker games (including Blackjack and Roulette). A 102-room hotel and one bar are also located on the premises. For more information, call +260 3 320 723, or visit their website at www.newfairmounthotel.com.
- The Falls Casino (Mosi-O-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia) This casino is open from 10am until midnight and contains 77 gaming machines. Traditional reel slots are offered, as well as video poker and multi-line video slots. Games can be played in various denominations, and the machines accept smart cards for ease of play. For more information, call +260 3 321 122.
- Majestic Casino (Kafue Road, Makeni, Zambia) Open daily from 11am until 2am for slots. Table games are available from 7pm until 4am daily. The casino offers 60 gaming machines. For more information, call +260 1 272 119.
Lottery in Zambia
The national lottery of Zambia is conducted by the Lottery Management Company. In 2001, a lotto game was released especially for the Zambian market. The lotto, called Kwachamania Big Bang, comes with guaranteed prizes, unlike the regular lotto game where all numbers must be selected correctly.
Facts About Zambia
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. The capital city is Lusaka, and Zambia gained its independence in 1964. Multiparty elections were first held in the country in 1991.
Major cities include Lusaka (1,218,000), Ndola (547,900), Kitwe (368,800), Kabwe (213,800), Chingola (150,500), Lunacy (124,800) and Livingstone (108,100).
The country is divided into nine provinces. They are:
The official language of Zambia is English, but there are over seventy indigenous languages. English is used for official business and in schools.
Sixty-eight percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Things started to worsen in the 1970s, when copper prices began to decline on the world market. In recent years, the copper market has slowly started to regain its position as Zambia’s major industry.
Zambia is a predominantly Christian nation, but a number of other religions can also be found there. Christian denominations include: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, New Apostolic Church, Lutheran, Seventh-Day Adventist and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Muslims make up 5% of the population, and both Jews and Baha’i can also be found throughout the country.
The most popular sport in Zambia is soccer. Their greatest moment came with a 4-0 defeat of the Italian National Team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. In 1993, perhaps the greatest Zambian team ever perished in a plane crash in Libreville, Gabon. Other popular sports include cricket, boxing and rugby.
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