Lottery betting operator Lottoland says that close to 16,000 people in Australia have signed a petition opposing the federal ban on betting on the outcome of international lotteries.
The ban was proposed by the Australian government in March and is due to come into force by the end of this year.
The Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018 amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) to "prohibit betting on the outcome, or a contingency that may or may not happen in the course of the conduct of a lottery, including a keno draw".
It was introduced following a campaign against Lottoland by the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) under the banner “Lottoland’s Gotta Go!”. The ALNA campaign claimed that over 4,000 member-newsagents were at risk of losing up to 50 per cent of their revenue due to online lottery betting.
That campaign is now being investigated after Lottoland accused the ALNA of inflating its membership figure and intentionally misleading the government and consumers with its claims. The ALNA rejects the allegation.
In a statement released Thursday, Lottoland said that over 15,800 people across the country have now signed a petition calling on the Federal Government to abandon legislation banning betting on overseas lotteries.
“The public response to this petition has been staggering and sends a clear message to the Government that the community does not support a ban on overseas lottery betting,” said Lottoland Australia chief executive Luke Brill.
“This petition only began at the end of April, and already more than 15,800 people have put their name on the record opposing legislation that will deny Australians the right to bet on overseas lotteries,” he explained. “To put this in perspective, it took three weeks less to receive a thousand more signatures than the ‘Lottoland’s Gotta Go!’ campaign, which was driven by a $5 million national smear campaign by Tabcorp-Tatts to con MPs into handing them an indefinite monopoly.”
Brill described a Tabcorp-Tatts monopoly on all lotteries as “a terrible outcome” for Australian consumers and urged the government, on behalf of its 700,000 customers and 15,800 petition signatories, to abandon the legislation.