A Public Lottery is essentially a game of chance whereby a person chooses, is allocated or attempts to forecast numbers that will be drawn at random; with the aim of correctly matching the prizewinning numbers. Such lotteries include Lotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries and Keno.
A Public Lottery can also take the form of a game of chance whereby certain numbers are designated as prizewinning numbers/tickets e.g. instant scratch lottery. In an instant lottery a person is randomly allocated numbers or ticket and prizes are distributed to persons holding those prizewinning numbers/tickets.
A public lottery may only be conducted in NSW by a licensed lottery operator. Currently there are only two (2) licensed lottery operators in NSW:
Any member of the public who is over the age of 18 years may enter a public lottery.
It is an offense for a licensee or agent to accept entry or payment from a minor, or for a person to enter or subscribe to a public lottery on behalf of a minor. As it is an offence for a minor to enter or subscribe to a public lottery.
It is also an offence for a person to purchase an entry on another's behalf for a fee.
The Minister for Racing is responsible for public lotteries in NSW. Regulation of public lotteries in NSW rests with Liquor & Gaming NSW.
The key elements of the public lotteries compliance strategy includes a commitment to: