The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) may follow
Victoria in proposing a ban on lottery betting operators.
The state's Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business
John Barilaro and Minister for Racing Paul Toole announced that the ruling
government is considering options to restrict what they described as
They said that the products did not offer a sufficient level
of consumer protection and may even mislead customers looking to buy a lottery
"A domestic lottery has a guaranteed prize pool, and is
bound by strict terms and conditions and robust regulations," Barilaro
said. "A synthetic lottery, on the other hand, is no more than online
"The NSW government is committed to standing up for
local businesses and consumers and stemming the flow of lottery revenue out of
In September New South Wales' neighbouring state Victoria
pledged to put forward new legislation to ban or restrict companies that offer
odds on lottery draws, with Lottoland the highest-profile company in the
Toole claimed that the offering was ultimately no more than
an illegal betting site, especially as they may confuse consumers who think
they are playing the state lottery.
"They are highly profitable online betting sites, often
based overseas. Payment of winnings may rely on complex commercial arrangements
between the operator and its insurer," he explained.
"The conduct of synthetic lottery operators may breach
existing wagering legislation and the NSW government is currently considering
options to restrict betting on these lotteries in NSW.
"Not all consumers who buy a ticket in the local
lottery are happy to place bets through an online bookmaker based overseas,
even if those bets are on the outcome of the same lottery," Toole added.