Danish gambling regulator warns over “lottery subscriptions”

Only Danske Lotteri Spil can sell lottery tickets in Denmark.
Only Danske Lotteri Spil can sell lottery tickets in Denmark.

The Danish gambling regulator has warned that illegal providers are offering “lottery subscriptions”.

Denmark.- The Danish gambling regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has warned that unlicensed providers are contacting customers offering membership to a “lottery subscription club”.

The regulator made the warning after receiving enquiries from members of the public. The so-called lottery subscription offered membership to a club in which groups of people buy tickets for international lotteries and share the winnings.

However, Spillemyndigheden warned that it is illegal for anyone in Denmark to buy or sell a lottery ticket other than through the state operator Danske Lotteri Spil.

It warned: “The Gaming Authority points out that there is a monopoly on the sale of lotteries in Denmark, and that it is therefore not permitted for anyone other than Danske Lotteri Spil to sell lottery subscriptions.”

Denmark: channelisation to licensed gaming reaches record high

Last week, Spillemyndigheden reported that channelisation to licensed gaming in Denmark hit a record 90 per cent in 2020.

The regulator’s Gaming Market in Figures 2020 report shows that channelisation rose from 88 per cent in 2019. It’s a major improvement on the 69 per cent channelisation seen when the Danish gaming market was opened up in 2012.

The report notes that the number puts Denmark in fifth place in Europe for channelisation, behind the UK, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Last year, Denmark reported its first annual decline in gambling revenue since the re-regulation of the market in 2012, with revenue down 8.7 per cent year-on-year to DKK6bn.

In June, Spillemyndigheden made a change to its regulations for online gaming licensees to allow operators to use IT systems located outside of the country.

Until now, gaming licensees could only provide betting and gaming services in Denmark using IT equipment that originated in Denmark and had been inspected.

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