Ban On U.K.'s EuroMillions Lottery Now In Effect

Published Sunday, April 08, 2018 -
Ban On U.K.'s EuroMillions Lottery Now In Effect

The Lotto Betting Group consisting of WorldLottery Club, Lottoland, and Multilotto tried in vain recently to squash the banning of consumers betting on EuroMillions lottery draws by the U.K.’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The ruling has come into effect referring to betting on non-UK EuroMillions through a statutory licence condition, bringing the activity in line with established regulations on betting on UK National Lottery draws.

The Lotto Betting Group said there is 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”.

The group’s argument last February stated, “The Lotto Betting Group believes that the decision to prohibit betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws was unjustified and was based on inconclusive evidence,” adding, “This belief has been supported by the recent publication of the National Audit Office report, which confirms that the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016-17 was due to a move away from National Lottery draw-based games to Instant games and not as a result of lottery betting.” “Instant games have a lower return to good causes, which led to the decline. The letter before the claim asks the DCMS to suspend the Parliamentary approval process.”

Director of online lottery syndicate Lotto Social, Almira Mohamed, has praised the U.K. government for taking action over an issue that could impact revenue that goes to good causes.

"It is encouraging that the government has acknowledged the risks posed by lottery betting to charitable causes so dependent on National Lottery sales,” Mohamed said.

“Whilst this is a win for the National Lottery and the significant work it does for Good Causes, we also need to recognise that consumers are demanding alternative and more cost effective ways to play the National Lottery, particularly in these times of austerity.”




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