Camelot calls for change over lottery and betting interplay in UK

Camelot calls for change over lottery and betting interplay in UK

Monday, March 30, 2015 Totally Gaming

Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, has called for the UK government and Gambling Commission (UKGC) to consider changing the regulations surrounding lottery and betting interplay. 

The operator made its case for a change in rules in a new report released by the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS). The document, published following a recent Committee meeting, features details of how both the government and the UKGC currently view the UK lottery market.

The publication also contains confirmation that products that amount to betting on the outcome of lotteries could soon be faced with regulation, which would in turn close a loophole in the Gambling Act that lottery operators in the UK claim is being exploited by some companies.

Camelot used the report as an opportunity to outline a number of actions it believes should be implemented to not only improve the lotteries sector in the UK, but also help cut out confusion amongst consumers.

The operator suggests a prohibition of betting on lotteries both in shops and online and calls for a loophole that currently allows operators to offer bets on the EuroMillions European lottery draw to be closed. Camelot also said that a ban on betting on the National Lottery UK draw should be extended to all lotteries licensed in the UK.

Camelot also noted that the UK lottery market requires greater clarity in marketing in order to reduce customer confusion. It gave the example of high street bookmakers using the term ‘bet’ in products based on the outcome of lotteries, thus causing confusion amongst players.

The operator said that products that offer betting on lotteries or lottery-style draws should be marketed on the basis that they were bets and must include the word ‘bet’ in their title. Camelot said such marketing of games should preferably not use ‘lotto’, ‘lottery’ or other similar wording. 

In addition, Camelot suggested redefining all bets on lotteries as ‘pure’ lotteries, which would bring such games within the definition of both betting and lotteries as outlined in the Gambling Act 2005.

Meanwhile, further activity in the UK gambling market has seen Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK, appoint a number of new gambling commissioners.

Alison Hastings and Trevor Pearce have been appointed as commissioners on four-year terms and will begin their roles on May 1 and July 1, respectively. Jonathan Scott, a retiring senior partner and chair at commercial law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, has been handed a five-year term and will assume his new role on May 1.

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