RGDATA calls for full review of impact of Bookie bets on National Lottery
21 April 2023
RGDATA has urged Minister Paschal Donohoe to initiate a formal consultation and review process concerning the practice of Lottery Betting in licensed bookmakers to determine the impact of the practice on the National Lottery, players, retail agents and Good Causes funding.
The association has suggested that the review could also look at how Lottery Betting is addressed in other jurisdictions and to address any related public policy and regulatory issues.
In a letter to Minister Donohoe, RGDATA director general Tara Buckley said: “The continued practice of allowing betting to take place in licensed bookmakers on the outcome of National Lottery draws is a matter which we believe requires to be reviewed. This practice undermines the National Lottery, and damages and erodes Good Causes Funding and the National Lottery official agent fees.”
RGDATA previously welcomed Senator Barry Ward’s Private Members Bill on the issue. The association also pointed out that when the Bill last came before the Seanad at Committee Stage, Minister Donohoe’s colleague, Minister Smyth indicated that the Bill gave rise to a number of issues that needed to be carefully considered and as such the measure was kicked into abeyance.