Lotto Betting Group in EuroMillions loophole appeal

Lotto Betting Group in EuroMillions loophole appeal

Monday, March 5, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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Restriction to come into force next month

A host of lottery firms, calling themselves the Lotto Betting Group, are pleading for a suspension of a parliamentary process, that aims to cut a loophole allowing people to make cut price wagers on the EuroMillions draw.

Spearheaded by World Lottery Club, Lottoland, and Multilotto, an appeal to Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been lodged, with the restriction set to be made, by way of a Statutory Instrument, on 6 April of this year.

Stating its intentions, the DCMS revealed its plans to “introduce a new licence condition to prohibit consumers in Great Britain from placing bets on EuroMillions games which take place outside the UK.

“This will ensure that these draws receive the same level of protection in relation to funds for good causes raised by The National Lottery as is the case for UK EuroMillions draws.”

In response the Lotto Betting Group argued that there’s "no econometric evidence to support the claim that betting on non-UK Euromillions draws is having any statistically significant impact on UK EuroMillions tickets sales".

With speaking to a spokesperson on behalf of Lottoland, who added: “We do not believe this is the case [UK ticket sales and funding for good causes being impacted. Our belief is backed up by the findings of the National Audit Office in their recent 2016/17 report on the fall in National Lottery income for good cases.

“The decision to issue a potential prohibition has always seemed to be a rubber stamping process for DCMS. They have failed to consider circumstances in which Camelot’s own actions have not met market demands, and instead choose to defend their preferred Lottery delivery partner.”

Before adding what other potential actions could be taken as a result: “The Government could halt its advance on introducing a prohibition and initiate a review period for the purpose of assessing all available information.

“Opinions held by the National Audit Office, and findings by Camelot in their own strategic review should be addressed fully by DCMS.”

Totally Gaming says: Following a consultation in March of last year, a response published by the DCMS in November clearly highlighted its intentions and leads us to the position we now find ourselves. With the restriction set to come into force in a month's time, it will be interesting to see if the DCMS takes note of these requests, or simply proceeds.


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