UK Government To Ban Betting On EuroMillions Jackpot
The department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) announced today that it will ban on non-UK EuroMillions through a statutory licence condition. This ban will follow the existing regulations which ban betting on the outcome of the UK National lottery draws.
Online lottery operators that offer betting on the outcome of lotteries like Lottoland will be hit hard by this new regulation. The government had been under pressure from Camelot to block companies like Lottoland that are seeing to be exploiting legal loopholes to offer betting on outcome of lotteries which are not having to give back a single penny for good causes. Back in March the government vowed to look into this legal loophole and now have concluded their investigation with the recommendation of banning betting on the outcome of EuroMillions.
In a statement the DDCMS said,” We consider that betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act and the established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.”
They also said that the betting on EuroMillions draw would negatively affect lottery dales and there was a risk that contributions to National Lottery causes could decrease.
They further went on to say,” We consider that betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act and the established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.”
Reacting to the news Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrel said,” We believe that today’s decision is unjustified, and sets a dangerous precedent for policy-making on the basis of no evidence. It will do nothing but stifle innovation in the sector. DDCMS itself recently stated in the FOBT consultation that any decisions on the outcome must be based on clear evidence. In today’s consultation response from the government they clearly state that the current evidence base is not conclusive.”