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​Public lotteries

    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 Lotto, Lotto Strike, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries, Soccer Pools Instant Scratch Lotteries and Set for Life.
    • 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.​