Sri Lankan lottery protest ends

Lottery ticket sales in Sri Lanka had a shaky start to the new year, after protests from lottery agents and salesmen opposing the increase in lottery ticket prices, local media reports.

Protests held over the first five days of January saw the Colombo Fort Railway Station packed with lottery agents opposing the lottery ticket price hike (to Rs 30), without increasing commissions accordingly.

Lottery Sales Agents Association chairman Krishantha Marambage said the government has lost nearly Rs 25 million in sales due to the strike.

However, the protest was finally called off on Thursday after a discussion between President Maithripala Sirisena and All Island Lottery Dealers’ Association (AILDA) president Krishan Marambe, with the president agreeing to solve them within two days time.

“Even it took some time now we have an assurance that our issues would be solved. Therefore, we called off our protest and would be starting work tomorrow onwards” said Marambe.

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