United Lottery Solutions loses Swedish appeal

Spelinspektionen issued the fine in 2019.
Spelinspektionen issued the fine in 2019.

United Lottery Solutions has lost a second appeal against a fine issued for offering illegal lotteries and betting on lotteries.

Sweden.- The Administrative Court of Linköping has rejected United Lottery Solutions’ (ULS) appeal against a SEK 700,000 ($75,155) fine issued in 2019 by the Swedish gaming regulator, Spelinspektionen.

Spelinspektionen had issued the fine along with a warning for licence breaches and breaches of Sweden’s Gaming Act.

The regulator issued the penality after noting that while ULS, the Swedish division of Lottoland, was licensed to offer commercial online gaming, including bingo, slots and casino games, it was not approved to offer scratch cards or either traditional or online lotteries, which Sweden only allows to support state funding and good causes.

Spelinspektionen recognised that ULS did not explicitly offer these but was of the opinion that it presented games in a way that made them indistinguishable from such products.

ULS has now had two appeals against that verdict rejected. The decision comes after the Court of Appeal recently rejected appeals from NGG Nordic and SkillOnNet.

Last week, Spelinspektionen announced that it will not object to the reimposition of temporary online casino deposit limits in Sweden at a lower level than before. Operators, including Kindred, have severely criticised the government’s proposal, which would apply a monthly deposit limit of SEK4,000 (€388) as of next month.

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