Gaming machines and lotteries
Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown Solicitors
Gaming machines and lotteries

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Gaming machines and lotteries
  • Gaming machine offences
  • Lotteries
  • Promoting a lottery
  • Offences
  • Exempt Lotteries

The Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005) defines a gaming machine very widely as ‘a machine that is designed or adapted for use by people to gamble (whether or not it can be used for other purposes)’.

The High Court has decided that poker machines available for use in public houses are gaming machines designed for use to play a game of chance for a prize. They were ‘recognisably capable of being used to generate a chance upon which a prize might be awarded’.

Skill machines are not gaming machines under GA 2005 and are therefore not regulated by it.

Similarly, the following are not gaming machines:

  1. a domestic or dual-use computer which can be used for participating in remote gambling

  2. remote gambling (other than a computer)—telephone or interactive television are not gaming machines (this exception does not apply to computers)

  3. a machine which is designed or adapted for betting only on future real events—this exemption prevents equipment such as automated betting terminals (which take bets on real, not virtual, events) from being treated as ‘gaming machines’

  4. a machine on which someone enters a lottery

  5. a machine for playing bingo which is used by the holder of a bingo operating licence, in accordance with conditions attached by the Gambling Commission—designed to exempt ‘mechanised cash bingo’ equipment which is used for playing real bingo games

  6. a