What it takes to regulate lotto

Almost everywhere in the world where lotteries are held governments strictly regulate those operations through government bureaucracy.

According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lottos held in the US and Canada are regulated by state and provincial governments. Federal government regulation in the US is limited to interstate distribution of tickets and interstate advertising for those games.

The association states on its website: “State regulatory proceedings are much more open and accessible to the public than the workings of federal regulatory agencies. All lottery board meetings are public, as are all legislative hearings. Lottery files are public records, subject at any time to media scrutiny. Lottery opponents in a legislature can examine the smallest lottery details and vote on lottery business operations. If the public does not approve of the way a lottery is run, they have recourse to the ballot box and the ultimate sanction of refusing to buy tickets.

On average, earnings from lotteries make up ½ to one per cent of an entire US state’s budget, according to the association.

The UK Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate gambling in Great Britain in partnership with licensing authorities.
The commission has around 200 employees with around 50 compliance and enforcement employees working across England, Scotland, and Wales.

The commission’s work is funded by fees paid by the organisations and individuals licensed by the organisation.

The commission licenses operators and individuals providing the following activities in Great Britain: arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, gaming machine supply and maintenance, gambling software supply, lotteries and external lottery managers, remote gambling, including betting online, by telephone, or via any other electronic communication device.

Gambling in Jamaica is regulated by the Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission. Jamaica offers licenses to operate bookmakers, poker rooms, casinos, and bingo. There is currently one online gambling site, Poker World, licensed in Jamaica.


  1. Imagine government lottery *operators* claiming they’re extremely well *regulated* – they regulate themselves LMAO!

    That’s like asking an IT manager if he manages a secure IT system – a question I have asked about 100 IT manager’s in my life, always receiving a positive response and always finding vulnerabilities on subsequent audits 🙂

    In the case of the lottery operators each individual operators regulates itself – it’s not even a common oversight by peers.

    The only effective regulation is regulation by an independent regulatory authority, self-regulation is *not* and cannot be effective.

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