The Netherlands allows Dutch lottery to run as a monopoly
The Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division has announced that it has given the KSA (de Kansspelautoriteit) the authority to be able to operate as a monopoly from now on. This authority was given to the KSA across three rulings.
Many private firms such as Betfair and NOGA (the Dutch Online Gambling Association) had called against the monopoly, but they were refused, and the single-permit system is allowed to keep on operating. The system was also questioned back in 2018, and the KSA also gave some valid reasons pertaining to the fact that this was a reasonable system.
Now, the KSA was asked to state the reason why a single lottery license was given to Lotto BV, which is the country’s lottery operator, when other charities were able to obtain various lottery licences. The KSA defended their statement, and from now on will still have the ability to keep running like that.
The defense that was presented was that the Lotto’s main objective is to push people to gamble via one legal supplier, and chopping the market apart will not be giving them the best conditions to attain this goal. If the market were to be divided, then virtually none of these suppliers would possess the ability to provide a considerable prize pool. If this happens, it could mean that there would be less players trying out the lottery. Aside from that, there are also some large differences between lotteries and charity lotteries that should be kept.