The government levied taxes on winnings from the lottery, sports betting, and gambling as part of efforts to generate more cash for the nation. Upon cashing out, the government would deduct a 10% tax from winning sports wagers.
A concerned sports betting customer has questioned the morality of the government taking 10% of winnings from sports betting against this background.
He claims that the government has failed to offer jobs for young people, and some sports fans have turned to sports betting to supplement their income and meet their fundamental requirements.
He continued by saying it was improper for the government to be entitled to the proceeds generated by young people who made no contributions.
“What jobs have the government created for the Ghanaian youth? There’s unemployment everywhere in this country, so how can the government say after winning a sport bet with my hard-earned money, it would take ten per cent. What jobs has the government created?” the angrily bettor stated.
He also threatened to use violence if any bookmaker refused to give him access to the entire sum of money he was supposed to have in the event that he won a wager.
“Unless the money or tax is deducted before I print out my bet slip detailing my expected income. This is because if the money is reduced, the police and military would have to intervene,” he said.
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