Lottoland Australia has offered thousands of newsagents a profit-share agreement in an apparent bid to head off legislation banning secondary lotteries.
Last month, the Australian government announced it would ban secondary, or “synthetic”, lotteries and keno products in their entirety after a concerted campaign by lottery monopoly Tabcorp and other gaming sectors including pubs, clubs and newsagents.
Among the claims made by campaigners had been that secondary lottery betting undermined the public’s acceptance of official products and could affect the income generated for small retailers, as well as the state tax take.
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