| Commentary

32 Existing law: lotteries

| Commentary

32 Existing law: lotteries

At present the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 provides that all lotteries which do not constitute gaming are unlawful1. The Act does not define what a lottery is, but the courts have held that it involves the distribution of prizes by chance2 where entry depends on either proof of purchase or some other kind of payment or ‘contribution’3. It is generally accepted that the cost of an ordinary first class postage stamp or telephone call would not normally amount to a payment or ‘contribution’ for this purpose (provided the telephone line to which the call has

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