Minister proposes ban on betting on Lotto numbers 

Betting on the outcome of the Nationwide Lottery could before long be banned, less than strategies currently being proposed by Community Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath.

inister McGrath needs to ban bookies from supplying punters the probability to spot bets on Lotto quantities.

He has published to Minister of State for Regulation Reform James Browne, inquiring him to introduce new legislation prohibiting bookmakers getting bets on the consequence of lottery attracts.

The minister is involved bookmakers are undermining the Nationwide Lottery and the Euromillions draw, by presenting comparable items below the very same brand name names — which he thinks is misleading the general public.

He also fears betting on lottery benefits is extremely addictive, and can result in problem gambling.

Mr McGrath has also taken issue with bookmakers making use of promoting methods these kinds of as cost-free bets, special discounts and loyalty schemes linked to lottery betting — practices which the Nationwide Lottery is banned from offering to shoppers.

The Nationwide Lottery is run by Leading Lotteries Ireland, whose shareholders include the Ontario Teachers’ Pension System, An Article and the An Submit Pension Fund.

Current investigate by polling company Pink C found lottery betting accounts for 8computer of all gambling in Ireland — which equates to just about €400m of the gambling industry’s yearly earnings. Polling also showed 35laptop of people today who gamble on lottery results would participate in the Nationwide Lottery if betting on the consequence was outlawed.

Betting on lottery effects is banned in the British isles, in which the authorities has launched a main crackdown on gambling in recent several years.

Minister Browne has been working on legislation to introduce a gambling regulator in Eire who would be liable for overseeing all laws on betting in this country.

The minister is proposing new legislation which will direct to an outright ban on credit rating card gambling. He also plans to abolish gambling incentives such as exclusive offers, and to introduce affordability checks. These checks would introduce regulation on how significantly men and women can gamble, relying on how significantly they make.

He is also scheduling a crackdown on criminals using gambling to launder funds from crime. He strategies to create a social fund to aid fund solutions for problem gamblers.

Sunday Independent