People who play numbers will get a chance to win more than just money this Christmas since some numbers bosses are offering houses, cars and other grand prizes.
Topic: gambling referendum
Reform to the country’s gambling laws could have a major impact on future stability and revenue growth, according to a top rating agency.
Leading up to the nationwide referendum on the legalization of gambling, at least two of the big five underground gambling firms are offering houses as part of a “grand prize”.
The exclusion of Bahamians from casino gambling will be considered by the Constitution Reform Commission, its chairman Sean McWeeney confirmed.
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to abandon the upcoming gambling referendum and put off the poll for potentially more than a year, claiming the issue is being forced on the Bahamian people in the absence of unbiased information.
Former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing is predicting the establishment of a national lottery and the legalization of web shops would be “cannibalistic”.
Top business leaders are questioning the true potential of recycled money in web shops, while supporting regulation to stop the rise of an ‘underground economy’.
A bill for an act to amend the Constitutional Referendum Act was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday to introduce special provisions for the holding of referendums of a non-constitutional nature such as the approaching referendum on web shop gaming and a national lottery.
Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement Loretta Butler-Turner caused quite a stir in the House of Assembly yesterday after she continuously interrupted the Prime Minister during his communication on the gambling referendum.