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Hessen Court rejects SMS Lotto, finds State Treaty valid

7th March 2011 10:23 am GMT

The Administrative Court of Hessen has ruled that participation in the state lottery via SMS is illegal, upholding provisions of the State Treaty on Gaming despite doubts as to their validity under EU law.

The Hessen Administrative Court issued the ruling Thursday in response to an appeal by a German company which had been refused permission by the Hessen Ministry of Interior and Sports to offer lottery games via SMS.

The company applied for authorisation in December [...]

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