Gambling offence draws $30 fine

Magistrate says maximum fine in the law is $40

A man who admitted offering or selling lottery tickets was fined $30 after Magistrate Valdis Foldats said he had to give credit for the guilty plea. “The maximum is $40; I’m fining you $30,” he told Lascelle Lloyd Jackson on Tuesday.

Jackson, 62, told the court he is not working. He said he had two children in school and was just doing something to pay their school fees. He was given time to pay the fine.

Crown Counsel Elizabeth Lees said officers acting on information went to Jackson’s premises in West Bay on 17 April. They saw him sitting under a guinep tree with a yellow note pad, receipt books and a lucky lotto book. He was found to have $40 on his person.

He was charged under a section of the Gambling Law which makes it an offence to give, sell or offer tickets for the purpose of enabling others to receive money or monies’ worth for an event or contingency relating to a game of lottery.

Cayman’s Gambling Law has been in effect since the 1960s. It was revised in 1996. The revision process provides only for updating; it does not allow any amendment of substance. The updating included a change in the fines from pounds to dollars.


  1. Is gambling a serious offence, or is it not?
    If yes, then the penalty should be raised.
    If not, will our honourable legislators tell us why they will not allow casinos?
    (Personally, I hope they never will allow casinos; but I would like to hear a logical and consistent reply from any one, or better, all of them.)

  2. No gambling – what exactly is the deal with the fascination for crappy prize draws here. Is it not gambling, to buy a ticket for a random chance of winning a prize?

    As for the magnitude of the fine – I reckon I will set up a den of sin. I will have a lottery, play music and openly encourage patrons to dance – on a Sunday!

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