Seeking to better protect lottery consumers, the Netherlands Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), announced the launch of a new investigation.
Dutch gambling regulator launches new investigation
The regulator disclosed that the investigation is the result of lottery operators “increasingly adding online gaming elements to their offering”. probe into mix lottery with online gamblingthe KSA has pledged to take enforcement action if it finds violations of the existing regulations or license conditions.
“The Gaming Authority (KSA) finds that lottery providers are increasingly adding online gaming elements to their offer. The KSA recently opened an investigation into this. KSA takes enforcement action if law or permit conditions are violated“,
reads a statement published by the Kansspelautoriteit
Currently, games of chance in the Netherlands are classified as less risky games and high risk games. Casino games, slot machines and online gambling fall under the category of high-risk games, while lotteries are classified as less risky games.
KSA remains committed to protecting consumers
Under current gambling regulations, licensees who offer lottery games cannot offer them online. Using the Internet, lottery operators are also allowed to “sell participation certificates” called raffle tickets, explained the KSA. However, the regulator pointed out that “offering a game linked to an online lottery is prohibited.”
One of the main reasons for separating gambling as risky and less risky is the harm associated with gambling. Ultimately, the KSA seeks to protect consumers, which is why it enforces the rules and ensures that licensees follow the terms of their license. According to the KSA, people interested in less risky games such as lotteries cannot engage in risky games, unless invited to do so. The gambling regulator has acknowledged that if users are pushed into risky games, they can be affected by gambling addiction.
“The important objectives of the KSA are the protection of consumers and the prevention of gambling addiction,”
explained the Netherlands Gambling Authority
KSA investigation announcement comes after regulator warns licensees on the use of “promotional games of chance”. Last week, the Authority reminded gambling operators that gambling is regulated by the Code of conduct for promotional games of chance. He said that although no specific permit is required, operators must always comply with the regulations in force.
Before that, the KSA reaffirmed that it continues the fight against offshore brands and the illegal exploitation of slot machines. The regulator confirmed he checked 35 locations for possible illegal gambling activities. The checks were carried out in different regions such as The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam, as well as in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg.