A Gibraltar-based lottery betting company has been banned by a regional German court from receiving bets on the outcomes of state lotteries, but the regional court decision has again raised questions about Germany’s lottery monopoly system.
The defendant, so far unnamed, argued against requiring permission to offer its services in Germany as the State Treaty on Gaming created a lottery monopoly, violating the “higher ranking law” of the European Union by limiting competition.
Rhineland-Palatinate’s Koblenz Regional Court dismissed the argument as “irrelevant”, on the basis that the defendant is not a traditional lottery due to a lack of “its own game plan”.
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