NEWS RELEASE: RGDATA SEEKS 'LOYALTY PAYMENT' FROM NEW LOTTERY OPERATOR
RGDATA, the organisation representing the independent retail grocery sector, is seeking a once-off "loyalty payment" of €15,000 respectively for retailers from the new lottery operator.
In a letter to the winning consortium, Premier Lotteries Ireland, RGDATA seeks the payment in recognition of the role played by its members in growing the business.
"It would seem only fair that if the staff of the National Lottery and the new operators of the lottery are in line for a significant return on the new investment, the retail agents, who play such a central part in the success of the lottery should also be recognised", says Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA.
RGDATA stipulated, that the proposed payout to retailers would not come from the players' prize pot, contributions to good causes or from the retailers' commission, which are guaranteed under the terms of the new contract.
The letter from RGDATA was prompted by reports that National Lottery staff is seeking a "recognition payment" as part of the transfer arrangements.