Dutch regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has launched an investigation into lottery operators who are “increasingly adding online gambling elements to their offer”, which they are not allowed to do.
The KSA said lottery operators are not allowed to run online lotteries themselves. Instead, they can only offer online tickets for physical draws.
The distinction, he said, was important because games played online were considered “high risk” under Dutch law, unlike physical lottery draws.
“The distinction between risky and less risky gambling is there to protect consumers,” the KSA said. “People who wish to participate in a lottery cannot be exposed to riskier gambling without choosing to do so.
“These games can lead to gambling addiction and related social problems. Preventing these problems is an important goal for Saudi Arabia.
The announcement follows a similar warning from the KSA about “promotional games” offered by companies that were not licensed gambling operators. These games usually included a raffle for customers who purchased a specific product.
The KSA said that while a gaming license is not required for these games, organizers must comply with gaming laws, including restrictions on advertising.