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National Lottery

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What will be the cost to (a) HM Treasury, and (b) the operator of the National Lottery, of extending the lottery participation regulations to allow citizens of the British Overseas Territories to (i) purchase tickets for, and (ii) receive winnings from the National Lottery using ticket sales from lottery terminals located in the overseas territories by the operator of the National Lottery and online. [HL4408]

Were any change to be made to National Lottery legislation that enabled citizens of the British Overseas Territories to (i) purchase tickets for and (ii) receive winnings from the National Lottery, the operator would need to seek legal, regulatory, commercial, logistical and marketing advice in respect of each of the overseas territories. That advice could then be used to: estimate the costs of making tickets available for sale either via terminals or online; decide the viability of so doing (which is a commercial matter for the operator, subject to the requirements of its licence and other legal obligations); and hence estimate any potential impact for HM Treasury.

However, the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.