A public lottery is a game of chance where a person chooses or is allocated numbers drawn at random. The aim is to correctly match the prize winning numbers.
Public lotteries include Lotto, OzLotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries and Keno.
An instant scratch lottery is also a public lottery, however in the absence of a draw, certain numbers are designated as prize winning numbers or tickets.
A public lottery may only be conducted in NSW by a licensed lottery operator.
There are two exclusive 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 offence for a:
The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation is responsible for public lotteries in NSW under the Public Lotteries Act 1996. Regulation of public lotteries in NSW rests with L&GNSW.
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