UK National Lottery Suffers Decline in Sales, Accused of “Failing” Good Causes
The UK National Lottery reported it suffered a steep decline in revenues and sales in the year to March 31 2017. Sales fell 8.8%, while the operator also predicted there would be a further decline in 2017-18.
The disappointing results were likely caused by a number of controversial moves made by Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, such as doubling the price of a lottery ticket to £2 and adding more balls to the draw to make it harder to win.
In response, Nigel Railton, who was recently appointed as the new permanent CEO of Camelot UK, revealed plans to boost the lottery operator’s sales.
However, the UK’s National Audit Office has launched an inquiry into whether the National Lottery operator Camelot is failing the good causes it was set up to fund. Camelot’s accounts show that lottery sales increased by 27%, between 2009-10 and 2016-17, while returns for good causes increased by only 2%.
Meanwhile, billionaire newspaper mogul Richard Desmond has developed plans to bid for the National Lottery when the UK franchise comes up for renewal in 2019, with the successful bidder taking control in 2023.
Lottovate and UNICEF Launch Norway’s First Online Charity Lottery
Lottovate and UNICEF Norway have launched the UNICEF-lotteriet; Norway’s first ever digital-only charity lottery.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be split three ways, with 30% of each ticket sold going straight to UNICEF Norway; 40% to prize funding; and 30% for the lottery’s operation.
Following its acquisition of a Dutch license in late 2016, Lottovate is also expected to launch a Dutch online charity lottery in the coming months.
Blockchain-based Lottery Innovation
Lottery betting operator Lottoland has just launched a Bitcoin lotto game in the UK and Ireland. The draw, which takes place every day except Sunday, is seeded at 1,000 bitcoins, worth around €14.2 million.
Lottoland CEO, Nigel Birrell said: “We’re pleased to be able to announce the launch of this world exclusive lotto betting product. 1,000 Bitcoins are already worth £14.1 million today, but might be worth double that by tomorrow.”
In related news, ZEAL has just launched jackpotminer.com, the worlds first free-to-play crypto-raffle. Participants donate spare CPU power, which is used to mine cryptocurrencies on behalf of charities, in exchange for raffle tickets.
UK Gov’t to Prohibit Third-Party Betting on EuroMillions Lottery Draws
The UK government has announced plans to ban gambling operators from taking bets on the EuroMillions in an effort to protect the amount of money going to good causes.
UK National lottery operator Camelot had argued that its EuroMillions ticket sales were suffering in the face of competition from lottery betting operators.
UK-licensed betting operators, however, will still be able to offer bets on other international lotteries.
Prominent lottery betting operator Lottoland said it was “dismayed” by the “unjustified” UK government’s decision.
Administrative Court of Munich Rules Lottery Monopolies Unlawful
For the first time, a German court has ruled against the lottery monopolies held by the sixteen federal states.
The Administrative Court of Munich found that the German lottery monopoly in its current form violates both the freedom to provide services guaranteed under EU law (Art. 56 et seq TFEU), as well as the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of choice.
The case, which originally dates back to October 2010, primarily revolved around the use of advertising by the state-owned lottery operators.
Because of the amount and the character of lottery marketing that is being employed, the monopolies do not serve the permitted goals of limiting participating and the risk of addiction, the Court ruled. As a result, the German lottery monopolies, as curently constituted, contravene both EU law and the German constitution.
Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), a Swiss body that help lotteries combat sports-related corruption, has announced a new cooperation with real-time betting odds provider TXODDS.
Gaming technology supplier Scientific Games has announced the creation of a new company, Lotterie Nazionali S.r.l., which has accepted a nine-year contract extension for the Italian Scratch and Win concession.
Zeal Group’s lottery betting brand myLotto24 is offering UK customers a chance to bet on the €2.3bn prize pool up for grabs in Spain’s popular Christmas lottery El Gordo.
Intralot and OPAP Group have signed a three-year extension to a cooperation agreement in relation to numerical lotteries and services.
Camelot Group has faced sharp criticism from academics and treatment professionals over UK gambling laws which allow 16 year-olds to buy National Lottery tickets and scratch-off games.
The UK Advertising Standards Authority found a Facebook post from the Health Lottery to be misleading.
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has outlined plans to make lotteries clearer for consumers, just days after appointing James Mackay as its new Executive Director.
The French National Lottery, Française des Jeux, has joined forces with the Swiss data analytics team, Sportradar, to launch a free-to-play esports site.
Française des Jeux has launched a scratchcard that will contribute to the funding of ELA, an association of parents and patients against leukodystrophy.
Danish state-owned operator Danske Spil has migrated to a new multi-channel lottery system supplied by Scientific Games.
Lottery betting operator Lottoland has continued its international expansion with the launch of a new US subsidiary.
After months of campaigning from state lotteries and newsagent groups, lottery betting operator Lottoland has been banned from selling bets on Australian lotteries.
Online lottery betting operator Multilotto has enhanced its casino offering by adding NetEnt to its list of suppliers.
The long running A$11.3bn merger saga concerning Australia’s two biggest lottery operators, Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group looks to be coming to a close after the Supreme Court of Victoria approved the takeover schedule.
Canada’s Atlantic Lottery has joined forces with IWG and Scientific Games to relaunch its entire online instant win offering.
Canada’s Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has begun a search for a service provider to help enhance and expand its sports betting service.
Chinese authorities are hinting that the country could rescind its “temporary” suspension of online lottery sales, nearly three years after online sales were curtailed.
At least eighteen lottery operators have caught the ire of the Nigerian congress for failing to meet their financial obligations to the government.