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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.



2. Establishment of Development Lotteries Board.

3. Constitution of the Board.

4. Term of office of members.

5. Removal and appointed members.

6. Chairman of the Board.

7. Meetings of the Board.

8. Proceedings deemed not to be invalid by reason of any vacancy or defect in the appointment of a member.

9. Remuneration of members of the Board.

10. Seal of the Board.

11. Functions of the Board.

12. Minister to give directions to the Board.



13. Fund of the Board.

14. Audits of accounts.

15. Appointment of public officers to the staff.



16. The Board to conduct lotteries.

17. Development Lottery prizes.

18. Lotteries.

19. Rules.



20. The meaning of the Bribery Act.

21. Officers and servant of the Board deemed to be public servants.

22. Lotteries Ordinance not to apply to Lotteries.

23. Protection for action taken under Board.

24. Offences.

25. Transitional provisions.

26. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

27. Interpretation.

20 of 1997.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a Development Lotteries Board for the conduct of Lotteries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 12th August, 1997]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Development Lotteries Board Act.


Establishment of the Development Lotteries Board

2. Establishment of Development Lotteries Board.

(1) There shall be established a Board which shall be called the Development Lotteries Board, (hereinafter referred the two as the Board).

(2) The Board shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

3. Constitution of the Board.

(1) The Board shall consist of—

(a) the following ex-officio members—

(i) the Chairman of the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund or his representative;

(ii) the secretary to the President or his representative;

(iii) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister or his representative; and

(b) Two other members appointed by the Minister.

A member appointed under paragraph (b) shall hereinafter be referred to as an appointed member.

(2) A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or continuing as a member of the Board if he—

(a) is a Member of Parliament, a member of a Provincial Council or a member of a local authority;

(b) directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, holds or enjoys any right or benefit under any contract made by or on behalf of, the Board;

(c) is under any law in force in Sri Lanka or any other country, found or declared to be of unsound mind;

(d) is a person who, having been declared an insolvent, or a bankrupt under any law in force in Sri Lanka or in any other country, is an undischarged insolvent or bankrupt; or

(e) is a person on whom a sentence of imprisonment (including a suspended sentence) has been imposed by any court in Sri Lanka or in any other country.

4. Term of office of members.

(1) Every appointed member of the Board shall, unless he vacates office earlier by death, resignation or removal, hold office for a period of three years reckoned from the date of his appointment and shall unless has been removed from office, be eligible for reappointment.

(2) Every ex-officio member of the Board shall hold office so long as he holds the post by virtue of which he was a member of the Board.

(3) Where an appointed member by reason of illness, infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka for a period of not less than three months is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, it shall be the duty of such member to inform the Minister of such inability and thereupon the Minister may, having regard to the provisions of section 3 appoint some other person to act in his place.

5. Removal and appointed members.

(1) The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette remove any appointed member from office without resignation of assigning any reason therefor.

A member in respect of whom an Order under this section is made shall be deemed to have vacated his office on the date of publication of such Order in the Gazette.

(2) Any appointed member may at any time resign his office by letter to that effect addressed to the Minister and sent by registered post.

(3) In the event of the vacation of office by death, resignation or removal of any appointed member, the Minister may having regard to the provisions of section 3 appoint any other person to succeed such member. Any person so appointed shall hold office for the unexpired term of office of the member whom he succeeds.

6. Chairman of the Board.

(1) The Minister shall appoint a Chairman of the Board from among the members of the Board.

(2) The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Board and subject to the direction and control of the Board, be charged with the administration and management of the affairs of the Board.

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