Lottoland faces ban after government crackdown

Lottoland faces ban after government crackdown

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Posted by Michael Lawson
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The legislation could be pushed through today.

A year-long campaign by Australian newsagents has prompted the federal government to ban foreign lotteries, such as Lottoland.

Currently, online bookmakers like Lottoland are taking bets on the outcome of lottery draws, and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield will introduce legislation today to thwart this.

Fifield argued the legislation came out of  “particular concern to pubs and clubs”.

“There was a view in the community that this is a form of betting that is a step too far. We’ve responded to that,” he said.

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association, which represents more than 4,000 businesses employing more than 15,000 people, welcomed the proposed amendment to the Interactive Gambling Bill, saying the news came as a “relief”.

Lottoland Australia CEO Luke Brill responded in a statement, saying: “While we understand the concerns expressed by some newsagents, the proposed legislation is both misguided and unnecessary.

“The fact is that Lottoland does not offer betting opportunities on any Australian lottery, so, our offering does not have a direct impact on newsagents.

“On the contrary, we want to work with newsagents to provide customers with greater choice and even better services, which have the potential to be highly beneficial for individual newsagents.

“As a responsible and responsive corporate citizen that contributes extensively to local and community groups, we will continue to work closely with regulators and all political parties to reach a satisfactory outcome in the best interest of our more than 650,000 registered customers.”

Totally Gaming says: This is a crushing blow to Lottoland, and the full repercussions of the move will be revealed once the new legislation is fully passed. Australia is a nation known for its gambling, and the Turnbull administration clearly feels uneasy with the negative connotations that accompany this reputation.

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