The Lotto Betting Group has written to the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in a bid to overturn the authority’s decision to block betting on non- UK EuroMillions draws.
The group, which incorporates World Lottery Club, Lottoland, Jackpot.com and Multilotto, addressed the Secretary following a November decision to ban the practice through a statutory licence condition.
“Betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act,” said the DDCMS in last year’s statement.
“The established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.”
However, the Lotto Betting Group has asked legislative procedure set to enact the restriction by 6 April to be suspended.
“The decision to prohibit betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws was unjustified and was based on inconclusive evidence,” said the Lotto Betting Group’s letter.
The group, who had expressed their concerns during the Secretary’s stakeholder consideration in March, also added that claims the practice reduced charitable contributions were unfounded.
“The National Audit Office report confirms that the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016- 17 was due to a move away from National Lottery draw-based games to Instant games.”