Executive Director of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, BGLC,  Vitus Evans says the processes to regulate the lottery sector have already been the subject of a comprehensive independent review.

Mr. Evans reponse in a media release yesterday follows calls by the Gaming Association for the Commission to immediately carry out an independent and transparent study of Jamaica’s gaming and lottery industry.

The Association had made the call in a recent letter to Mr. Evans.

In the letter, the Gaming Association reportedly told Mr. Evans that recent media reports have linked the BGLC to an expedited effort to issue a lottery license to a new entity.

The Association told the BGLC that it had serious concerns.

According to the Gaming Association, the study should be done with a view to determining international best practices that are applicable to the local industry and the regulation of the sector.

It says the pending competition is expected to see increased pay- outs by competing lottery operators.

They say this will have a negative impact on lounges, as well as revenues to the government. 

But, Mr. Evans says a review was conducted by Attorney-at-law, Dr. Derrick McKoy, a former Contractor General.

He says that assessment confirmed that the practices of the BGLC are in keeping with the Public Sector Corporate Governance Framework and international gaming regulation standards.

The BGLC Executive Director, Vitus Evans, says it’d be inappropriate for him to comment further on a demand by the gaming association of Jamaica for an independent study to determine whether it’s feasible to issue a new license in the multi- billion dollar lottery industry in Jamaica 

Mr. Evans told our news center on the weekend that the issue is to be discussed in Court today.

He says it’d be ill-advised for him to comment further.

The BGLC Executive Director’s stance comes as pressure is mounting on the Commission from several stakeholders over the handling of the Mahoe Gaming application.

Several key stakeholders close to the gaming association are describing as inappropriate an advertisement put out by the BGLC on the weekend.

During the advertisement, the BGLC defended the process it’s using to evaluate the Mahoe Gaming lottery license application.

The stakeholders are also scoffing at the insistence by the BGLC that a transparent process is being pursued and a study has been conducted to determine the feasibility of a new license.

Some stakeholders say the alleged review conducted by Mr. McKoy was inadequate and did not cover the issue of whether it’s feasible to issue a new license.

According to lottery industry insiders who spoke to our news center, if the process was transparent, the BGLC would have already publicized the name of Mahoe’s gaming provider.

It’s understood that during proceedings today in Court, lawyers for Supreme Ventures could move to pursue contempt of Court proceedings against the BGLC for commenting, via an advertisement, on an issue which is before the Court.