Casino News: Playing Lotteries is not Internet Gambling

Playing Lotteries is not Internet Gambling

 March 13, 2007, 3:24 pm (12 years ago)

According to the opinion of the Solicitor General for the British Columbia province of Canada, purchasing lottery tickets through a website is not Internet gambling, reports Canada Press.

Solicitor General John Les has made clear distinction between playing games like poker & ticket sales. This statement came following the accusation by political opponent Guy Gentner to B.C. Liberal government of becoming "gaming crackheads”, as the government is planning to expand casinos and lottery revenues.

John Les commented,” Texas hold 'em online, the likes of that. Right now we have this PlayNow website and we offer a lottery product online. That in my definition is not gaming, that's simply buying lottery products.” He also told that the PlayNow site controls the spending limit of an online player making online lottery purchasing OK.

Les also added,” If you go to your corner store and gas station and buy lottery products, there's no limit, You can buy $1 000 worth of 6/49 tickets this afternoon, but on the PlayNow website, the limit is 70 bucks ".

Revenues from lottery ticket sales expected to top $1 billion this fiscal year, increasing sales in PlayNow website deserve kudos for that.

Land casino income is also expected to rise up to $1.24 billion this year. There are some plans to expand more casinos along the lines of the River Rock Casino in Richmond. But, Les denied Gentner’s comment that the government is also looking to expand casino market online.

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