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    The British Gambling Commission has updated the regulations surrounding society lotteries, raising prize limits but also requiring a greater deal of transparency regarding spending of proceeds.

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    Non-profit lottery operators in Denmark must now use the labelling scheme of the country's Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) when organising and marketing their games.

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    A group of major gambling operators have announced that they will donate any profits from this Saturday’s virtual Grand National event to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

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    New Zealand’s national lottery Lotto NZ has announced that it will suspend in-store sales of its tickets and games during the country’s four-week lockdown.

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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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    The delay in the launch of the competition for the fourth UK National Lottery licence has been criticised by potential bidders, who say it reduces the chances of a serious challenge to Camelot’s tenure.

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    The state-owned Bulgarian Sports Totalisator (BST) has been granted a monopoly over lottery products in the country, after a bill filed in January this year passed into law.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to social lottery regulations, including a potential increase to how much players can win.

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    A number of high-profile gaming businesses look set to compete in the tender process, which could see the contract to operate the UK National Lottery wrestled away from long-term incumbent Camelot for the first time.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has confirmed that the initial public offering of share in lottery and gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has raised €1.89bn for state coffers.

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    Online lottery brokerage Zeal Network has warned that full-year revenue and earnings are likely to fall significantly from the prior year, following its acquisition of Lotto24 and the pivot of its Tipp24 business from lottery betting to brokerage.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has warned organisations running charity lottery games over the Christmas period to ensure they are operating lawfully in order to avoid any potential legal action.

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    Norway-based lottery solutions provider Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a subsidiary of the Austrian gaming giant, for an undisclosed sum.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has removed 211 voluntary organisations from its register of operators approved to operate lottery and bingo games for charitable purposes after they failed to meet a deadline to report their accounts.

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    The Brazilian lottery market has reported a 52.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, with the market benefitting from the contribution from the Mega-Sena game more than doubling over the period.

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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.

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    AGTech Holdings has reported a 22.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first six months of 2019, which was blamed on a HK$16.5m (£1.7m/€1.9m/$2.1m) decline in lottery hardware sales over the period.

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    State-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel’s lottery and gaming machine division has generated turnover of SEK906m (£74.6m/€86.9m/$97.6m) in the first two months of activity in Sweden’s newly regulated online gaming market.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly operator Veikkaus has pledged to develop its digital offering over the next three years to ensure it doesn’t see profits cannibalised by offshore competition, after announcing slight declines in turnover and profit for 2018.

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