Deutsche Fernsehlotterie, the German charitable lottery operator, has warned that the future of social lotteries in Germany could be at risk due to the current marketing restrictions under the country’s State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag).

The Fernsehlotterie has seen revenue from lottery ticket sales fall by 30 per cent in five years, dropping from €73.6m to €51.7m between 2008 and 2013.

The lottery blamed the decline on what it calls “disproportionately strict” restrictions on advertising and marketing put in place by the Glücksspielstaatsvertrag.

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