What is a Public Lottery?
A Public Lottery is essentially a game of chance whereby a person chooses, is allocated or attempts to forecast numbers that will be drawn at random; with the aim of correctly matching the prizewinning numbers. Such lotteries include Lotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries and Keno.
A Public Lottery can also take the form of a game of chance whereby certain numbers are designated as prizewinning numbers/tickets e.g. instant scratch lottery. In an instant lottery a person is randomly allocated numbers or ticket and prizes are distributed to persons holding those prizewinning numbers/tickets.
Who can conduct a Public Lottery in New South Wales (NSW)?
A public lottery may only be conducted in NSW by a licensed lottery operator. Currently there are only two (2) licensed lottery operators in NSW:
- NSW Lotteries Corporation Pty Ltd - conducting games such as Lotto, Lotto Strike, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries, Soccer Pools and Instant Scratch Lotteries.
- Keno (NSW) Pty Ltd and Club Keno Holdings as joint licensees conducting the game of Keno.
Who can enter a Public Lottery?
Any member of the public who is over the age of 18 years may enter a public lottery.
It is an offense for a licensee or agent to accept entry or payment from a minor, or for a person to enter or subscribe to a public lottery on behalf of a minor. As it is an offence for a minor to enter or subscribe to a public lottery.
It is also an offence for a person to purchase an entry on another’s behalf for a fee.
How are Public Lotteries regulated?
The Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing is responsible for public lotteries in NSW. Regulation of public lotteries in NSW rests with the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
The key elements of the public lotteries compliance strategy includes a commitment to:
- Monitor and evaluate licensee compliance with regulatory requirements concerning public lotteries. This includes reviewing, examining and testing of people, equipment and processes for adherence with legislation and conditions governing the conduct of public lotteries and to minimise potential harm associated with lottery activities,
- Engage in assurance activities regarding revenues derived from the conduct of public lotteries to ensure that revenue so derived is accounted for in the proper manner,
- Conduct integrity reviews of people and businesses involved in, or closely associated with the conduct of public lotteries, to safeguard the integrity of lotteries products,
- Review and investigate complaints from the public where it is alleged that the lottery operator has failed to comply with a regulatory requirement of its licence in relation to the conduct of public lotteries.
A brief history
NSW Lotteries has been operating in NSW since the late 1930’s. On 1 April 2010 a 40 year exclusive licence to operate NSW Lotteries was granted to New South Wales Lotteries Corporation Pty Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tatts Group Ltd.
NSW Lotteries is licensed to conduct the games of Lotto and Lotto Strike, OZ Lotto, Powerball, Instant Scratch-Its, Lucky Lotteries and the Pools both online and through a network of some 1600 small businesses throughout NSW and the ACT.
Tatts provides details on games, results, how to play and information about players club.
NSW Lotteries are controlled by the Public Lotteries Act 1996, the Public Lotteries Regulation 2007, an Operators and Product licence and NSW Lotteries Game Rules.
Keno is a game of chance played in registered clubs and hotels in NSW and the Star Casino.
It is conducted under a joint licence issued to Keno (NSW) Pty Ltd and Clubkeno Holdings Pty Ltd (CKH). Keno (NSW) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tabcorp Limited. Keno (NSW) manages most elements of Keno including its operations, marketing and equipment installation. Conversely, CKH is a non-profit company and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Registered Clubs Association of NSW.
Tabcorp provides details on how to play the keno game, the location of keno venues, keno game results for a "rolling" one year period and other player information.
Keno is controlled by the Public Lotteries Act 1996, the Public Lotteries Regulation 2007, the Keno Licence and Keno Rules.
All player disputes regarding the claiming or non-payment of prizes in connection with a public lottery should, in the first instance be directed to the respective lottery operator. Lottery operators are required to have complaint handling service to address player concerns.
Where there is evidence that a lottery operator has failed to properly and adequately address player concerns in accordance with rules and conditions governing public lotteries, or where there is evidence of a breach of the legislation; OLGR has powers to investigate the lottery operator and to determine the nature and extent of any necessary remedial action.
OLGR is not responsible for mediating disputes between player and operator. By entering a public lottery a player agrees to be bound by the rules and regulations governing that lottery.
If a player is unsure whether the lottery operator has failed to abide by the relevant rules they should obtain a copy of the rules which are publicly available either at the venue where the entry was purchased, through the lottery operator itself or on their respective website.
OLGR contact details:
Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing,
323 Castlereagh Street,
Haymarket NSW 2001
GPO Box 7060, SYDNEY NSW 2001
Telephone (02) 9995 0837