Charity lotteries

An important recent development is the opening of the market for charity lotteries.

In this context, the Amsterdam Administrative Court judged on 12 May 2016 that the Netherlands Gambling Authority had wrongly refused Lottovate a license to run a charity lottery. This had been done in accordance with a policy rule laid down by the State Secretary providing that licenses could only be issued to existing license holders.

The Court found that it was not clear why the number of charity lotteries should remain restricted to four. The Netherlands Gambling Authority saw no reason to appeal against the judgment, resulting in the opening of the market for charity lotteries.

The addition in the meantime of two new license holders represents a truly significant development.

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