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.
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:
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.
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: