Gambling Commission launches society lottery consultation

Gambling Commission launches society lottery consultation

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Posted by James Walker
Should society lotteries be more transparent about the money raised for good causes? Have your say

The UK Gambling Commission is calling for views on changes that will make it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales is going.

Society lotteries are lotteries that are run solely for good causes without private or commercial gain. Local authorities can promote a lottery to raise funds to spend on anything where they have power to incur expenditure.

The Gambling Commission’s latest consultation sets out proposals for new rules for society and local authority lottery operators – as well as external lottery managers (ELMs) – that seek to improve transparency for society lottery players.

The proposals stipulate that operators must make it clear to consumers before they buy a lottery ticket exactly which society or charity the lottery proceeds are going to. They also call for lottery organisers to publish how much money raised from lottery ticket sales is being returned directly for the purposes of the society.

The consultation also addresses what the Commission views as an ‘instant win’ and ‘low frequency lottery’, incorporates recent changes to the remote technical standards required by online gambling businesses, as well as updates relating to changes to regulatory data collection requirements.

“Ultimately, consumers need to be confident that the money they are contributing via ticket sales is going to the people and organisations that needed it the most,” said Sarah Gardner, executive director of the Gambling Commission.

“While the proposed changes will come as no surprise to the lottery sector, we want the wider industry and public to give their views on the proposals.”

The consultation is open for responses until September 30, 2017.    

Totally Gaming says: According to the Gambling Commission, society lotteries are a “crucial source of income” for many good causes across the country. With its new consultation, the regulator wants to improve consumer confidence in the lotteries sector to protect those much-needed funds that benefit so many societies across the country.

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