Tatts Group Accused of Donating Funds to Sympathetic Politicians During Anti Lottoland Campaign
The online lottery battle between Lottoland and their rival Tatts Group has taken another turn after allegations of dubious political contributions surfaced. In a report in the Herald Sun it was revealed that Lottoland’s rival Tatts Group have almost given $100,000 in donations to both state and federal branches of Liberal and Labor. This was revealed after the public political donations registrations for the 2015-2016 fiscal year were publicized.
The report went on to reveal the suspicious timing of such “gifts”. One example is One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson who received almost $2000 from Tatts and only a day after called for Lottoland to be banned.
Lottoland is registered in the Northern Territory but has is facing fierce opposition from Tatts and local newsagents who want to get “ fake lotteries” like Lottoland banned as they claim are cannibalizing their offering and more worrying are not subject to the same regulations they are.
In another case Tatts gave over $30,000 to Labor in Queensland last year alone. As it stands following mounting pressure the Northern Territory government have banned lottoland from taking bets on Australian lotteries as of November 30.