Most lottery licences are also currently sole (or exclusive) licences enabling lottery ticket and other lottery products, including instant lottery tickets, to be sold in retail (through newsagencies) and also online in some jurisdictions. State and Territory lotteries engage in pooling arrangements pursuant to what is known as the ‘bloc agreement’, under which jackpots are pooled, making the customer offering more attractive.
Lottery operator licences are nearly always State and Territory based and are typically monopolistic or very limited in numbers. Each State and Territory regulator will determine how lottery products are licenced and distributed.
There is significant growth in the online sales of lottery tickets in Australia and this is expected to intensify, similarly with what is happening in other sectors. We advise various businesses with interest in the lotteries market across a range of issues, including relevant regulatory frameworks and the promotion and sale of lottery products in Australia.