The Belgian National Lottery will offer sports betting to Belgian residents from 2013 via its retail outlets and online, despite a legal challenge by private licensed operators.

Under the Belgian gambling law which came into force in January 2011, the number of available sports betting licenses was set at a maximum of 34 in order to limit the gambling offering in the national market.

However, in August of this year, the Belgian government granted a 35th licence to the state-owned Belgian National Lottery, which holds the monopoly on lotteries in the country.

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