Marie Margareth Fortuné, the Director General of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a 2-day visit to the Dominican Republic in the gambling sector to learn about the mechanisms operation of this industry and draw on good practices from our neighbors.
In addition to a visit to Dominican Republic Lottery facilities in Santo Domingo, Mrs. Fortuné, met with lottery officials from the Dominican Republic with whom she shared their experiences and good practices and discussed the important role that national lotteries play in the socio-economic development of a country. A particularly developed and highly controlled sector in the Dominican Republic. Note that in the last six months alone in the national district, more than 5,300 illegal lottery banks have been closed (equivalent to the Borlettes in Haiti), more than 12,000 gaming equipment has been seized and destroyed as well as 844 slot machine that were in services in illegal gambling establishments.
Mrs. Fortuné is convinced after her interviews with various players involved in the gaming industry that this industry is an important economic and financial sector capable of creating many jobs and incomes (over 3 billion pesos to the Dominican tax authorities per year)
She also believes that this market in Haiti, regulated and controlled, could generate sufficient incometo the LEH to enable it to provide grants to the Government projects and also to socially oriented institutions and organizations.