UK Government bans third party betting on EuroMillions

UK Government bans third party betting on EuroMillions

Thursday, December 7, 2017 Posted by Joseph Streeter
The decision was made after an industry consultation launched in March

The UK government has announced that it will ban all third party bets on the outcome of EuroMillions lottery draws.

It has been announced that the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) came to the decision following the industry consultation that was formed in March 2017.

New regulations will be introduced by the DCMS which will bring in stricter regulations, prohibiting UK players from betting on the EuroMillions via remote gambling/lottery operators.

DCMS laid out that it wants to achieve the same level of protection for the EuroMillions game, as it does for the National Lottery, whilst safeguarding funds raised for national good causes.

A DCMS statement read: “As outlined in the consultation document, we consider that betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act and the established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.

“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion. Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.”

DCMS outlines five remote operators; Lottoland, MyLotto24, Annexio, Jackpot.com and IMME Entertainment that offer bets on the EuroMillions Game. DCMS states that these operators ‘run counter to the spirit’ of the National Lottery and its mandate to raise funds for charities and good causes.

“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion," the statement continued. "Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.

“We are mindful of the effect on impacted businesses, and will tailor the licence condition to ensure it is in line with our aims to reduce consumer confusion and protect returns to good causes in the UK. Betting operators will still be able to offer bets on international lotteries.”

Nigel Birrell, Chief Executive of Lottoland, countered: “We believe that today’s decision is unjustified, and sets a dangerous precedent for policy-making on the basis of no evidence, it will do nothing but stifle innovation in the sector.”

Totally Gaming says: This new legislation is likely the first in a wave of new regulations from the DCMS for the gambling industry, it’s rather surprising that the first sector of the industry was lottery. Furthermore, whilst the new regulations may encounter teething problems, if they can find a balance between enabling creativity in the industry and maximising the amount of money that is given to good causes, that can only be a positive thing.

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