The government of Australia is considering a ban on betting on the outcome of lottery games within the country, potentially causing big name online operators like Lottoland from operating on the continent.
The federal government is looking to ban the betting on the draws after retail spots, pubs and other organizations lobbied the government to ban the bets as they fear they're losing business. The government hasn't decided officially to ban the bets just yet, and as such, there's no timetable for when they may be leaving the country.
Still, the move has Lottoland concerned, with the company's Australian CEO Luke Brill saying, "While we understand the concerns expressed by some newsagents, the proposed legislation is both misguided and unnecessary. The fact is that Lottoland does not offer betting opportunities on any Australian lottery, so our offering does not have a direct impact on newsagents."
Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield put out an opposite view, saying: "The government has formed the view that permitting betting on these services, also known as 'synthetic' lotteries, undermines the longstanding community acceptance of official lottery and keno products.
"These products enjoy community support as they generate an income stream for small retail businesses and make a significant contribution, through licence fees and taxation, to the provision of public services and infrastructure by state and territory governments.
"Traditional lotteries and keno games are popular and longstanding recreational gambling products that form an important income stream for thousands of small businesses across Australia, including newsagents, pharmacies, pubs and community clubs."