“Dutch Lotteries Will Have Unfair Advantage when Online Gaming Comes to the Netherlands”
“Bookmakers are already concerned that Dutch state-owned lotteries will have a head start when licensed online sports betting begins, with lower taxes on their retail operations plus a database of existing customers to solicit for business,” GamblingCompliance reports.
In contrast to all other games of chance, lottery prizes at €449 or below are not taxed in the Netherlands, a situation that is not expected to change. As a result, land-based lotteries, instead of the nominal rate of 29%, face an effective gambling tax burden of less than 10%.
“Questions are most certainly being asked as to whether this advantage constitutes state aid,” said Alan Littler, an academic focused on gaming policy who works with Amsterdam-based attorneys Kalff Katz & Franssen.
In a somewhat similar case, entrants to the newly liberalized Danish market also expressed concern that former monopolist Danske Spil possessed an unfair advantage, as it shared its customer base and website with its land-based operations. Years later, in 2015, Danske Spil still controlled 48 percent of the entire Danish gambling market.
Saxony-Anhalt’s State-Owned Lottery Terminates Sports Betting Deal
Saxony-Anhalt’s state-owned Lotto-Toto-Gesellschaft has decided to relinquish its ownership share in Oddset Deutschland Sportwetten GmbH over concerns it will become a financial liability amid the continuing legal uncertainty regarding the federal Interstate Treaty on Gambling.
Saxony-Anhalt’s Lotto-Toto-Gesellschaft considers the legal standstill a severe nuisance as the company, at least for the next two to three years, will continue to miss out on its share of the €4.5 billion, mostly unregulated German sports betting market.
UK National Lottery Draws Players’ Ire
A significant number players appears less than thrilled with the UK National Lottery’s new strategy of offering bigger jackpots against odds.
“Lottery gamblers were left furious after the 30th rollover under the unpopular new rules paid out top prizes of just £883,” UK newspaper The Telegraph reported last week.
Gamblers took to Twitter to vent their frustration, branding the so-called jackpot a “farce” and a “complete joke,” even going as far as to call for a boycott of the National lottery.
A Camelot spokesperson defended the new rules, saying: “So far there has been a record-breaking £66 million jackpot, which saw huge levels of excitement and unprecedented demand for tickets, […] As everyone knows, bigger jackpots and more millionaires mean more sales, and more sales mean more money for Good Causes – which is what The National Lottery is all about.”
Despite claims that “thousands of Britons were abandoning the National Lottery,” someone did finally manage to win the £32.8 million jackpot on Saturday.
European Lotteries (EL) Joins “Keep Crime out of Sports” Initiative
The “Keep Crime out of Sport – Together against sports competitions manipulations” (KCOOS) initiative, which was inaugurated on 9-10 February by the Council of Europe, seeks to explore innovative approaches aimed at fighting the manipulation of sports competitions, to raise awareness and exchange experience and good practices on the fight against match fixing and illegal betting, and to encourage better international cooperation.
“EL, as an associated partner of the project, will be actively supporting and contributing to the project activities, which we are convinced, will constitute a very positive step in the on-going fight against match-fixing and illegal betting,” EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier said.
For the first time, Finland’s national betting agency sold more online instant win games than traditional scratch cards in 2015.
Spain’s National High Court annuls a €25m fine handed out to an unlicensed charitable lottery.
In 2015, Svenska Spel saw growth in revenues, profit and operating margin.
An Alabama state lottery just came one step closer.