Bulgarian Prime Minister Defends Lottery Gambling Act Amendment

Bulgarias government has released controversial plans to create a state-run lottery monopoly, in response to reports that existing private operators have been underpaying tax.

The amendment, which was proposed by Valeri Simeonov MP, bans the operation of lotteries by private companies and has already been approved by the National Assembly Budget and Finance Committee.

However, the amendments, which do not cover raffles or bingo, can still be altered before their final passage into law. 

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov denied claims the amendments are an attempt to bring other players into the business".

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