A secondary lottery betting group, with Lottoland at the helm, has sent a letter to the UK government threatening to sue if no steps are taken to reverse an upcoming ban on betting on the outcome of EuroMillions draws.

Last year, the government decided, after deliberating the results of a consultation, that a new license condition would be introduced that would ban British players from placing bets on EuroMillions lottery games that take outside the country.

This new condition will significantly affect Lottoland, as well as other groups such as Jackpot.com, Multilotto and more.  The companies, which have formed an umbrella group to fight for their rights, known as the Lotto Betting Group, sent a letter before claim to the Office of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport secretary Matt Hancock.

“The Lotto Betting Group believes that the decision to prohibit betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws was unjustified and was based on inconclusive evidence,” writes the group in its letter to the government.

“This belief has been supported by the recent publication of the National Audit Office report, which confirms that the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016-17 was due to a move away from National Lottery draw-based games to Instant games and not as a result of lottery betting.”

“Instant games have a lower return to good causes, which led to the decline. The letter before claim asks the DCMS to suspend the Parliamentary approval process.”

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