The process to award new lottery licences in Norway is reaching its final stages, with the number of applicants cut from eight to six.
However, despite the shortened list of applicants, there are still more prospective operators than there are available licences, with the country’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) expected to draw lots to select the final five licensees.
As revealed in July, Lottstift received eight applications from operators looking to conduct charitable lotteries under an amendment to the country’s gambling law.
This increased the number of lottery operators allowed in the market, subject to rules that at least half of all money generated goes to charitable causes, prizes are capped at NOK2m, and only 15 per cent of turnover is used for marketing.
Two operators, the Norges Røde Kors (Norwegian Red Cross) and UNICEF Komiteen i Norge, passed the first round of the process. A further three, Stiftelsen WWF Verdens Naturfond/SOS-Barnebyer Norge Stiftelsen, Plan Norge/Care Norge, and Strømmestiftelsen were passed by the regulator on appeal.
One applicant, Norsk Folkehjelp/Stiftelsen Flyktningehjelpen/Stiftelsen Atlas-Allianse, was rejected outright. Two final applicants were returned to Lottstift for additional scrutiny; Right to Play (Fotolotto AS) and Regnskogfondet/Caritas Norge/Utviklingsfondet (collectively Donira AS).
Donira AS’ application was rejected following this review, while Fotolotto was approved.
As there are now six companies ruled eligible for licensure, Lottstift must randomly select the final five operators by drawing lots.
Should Donira choose to appeal its rejection, the licensing timetable will be extended as the final licensees cannot be selected until all appeals have been heard.