Legal & Regulatory News

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said Friday that it has identified breaches of the Interactive Gambling Act by jackpot betting operator Lottoland, prompting the operator to launch a legal challenge against the ruling.

The media authority said that an investigation into Lottoland Australia had concluded that the company provides prohibited interactive gambling services in the country, as it deemed Lottoland’s online jackpot betting services to be games of chance.

The ACMA said that Lottoland’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jackpot, as well as its US Millions and US Power games, are in breach of Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act, although it cleared Lottoland’s Daily Millions game.

Lottoland said in a statement Friday that it believes the ACMA is wrong in its decision.

“We have decided to challenge ACMA in the Supreme Court because we believe their view on Jackpot Betting is wrong,” Lottoland CEO Luke Brill said.

“Lottoland’s Jackpot Betting products have been approved by the relevant licensing authorities, and we believe they are fully compliant with Australian law. We have worked hard to adapt to recent changes to the law, and we are committed to providing exciting new products that our customers love.

“By taking this stand against ACMA, we are fighting for the rights of hundreds of thousands of Australians who enjoy the occasional flutter,” Brill added. “We are fighting for freedom of choice.”

The ACMA said it will not be making any further comment on the case while legal proceedings are underway.