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    Spain’s initiation of a countrywide lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has prompted state-owned lottery operator Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) to suspend all ticket sales.

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    Veikkaus executive vice-president Velipekka Nummikoski has launched a robust defence of the operator’s Finnish gambling monopoly, warning that a change to a licensing regime would lead to a decline in funding for social causes and put players at risk.

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    A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise. This could also result in funds generated by Norsk Tipping for Norwegian society fall by as much as NOK1.3bn.