IRELAND: ‘Rogue operators’ eating into National Lottery sales

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In 2017, the  National Lottery raised €226 million for good causes, which represents about 30 per cent of total ticket and scratch card sales. Since the franchise was privatised and the online channel opened up three years ago, revenue generated from online ticket sales has quadrupled from 2 per cent to 8 per cent, which equates to about €60 million.

‘Rogue operators’ eating into National Lottery sales

Lotto chief says bet-on-lotto operators ‘siphoning off’ revenue from good causes

The National Lottery says its business model is under threat from a new wave of “rogue operators” that allow punters play online without buying a ticket.

Chief executive Dermot Griffin said so-called bet-on-lotto operators such as Lottoland and Jackpot. com were “siphoning off” revenue from the business and in turn from good causes.

While he declined to indicate how much market share had been lost to these firms, Mr Griffin said they had proved particularly damaging to state lotteries in the UK and  Australia, cannibalising up to 20 per cent of the market in some cases.

These new industry disruptors cover the cost of big payouts through a complex formula of hedging and insurance.

“It’s hard to get data on them but we know we’re losing something,” he said. Mr Griffin said some punters were playing weekly lotto draws on rival websites without realising they were not on the National Lottery’s official website, lottery.ie.

Spokeswoman  Miriam Donohoe said in marketing terms the business was having to spend more and more to maintain its visibility on  Google amid aggressive campaigns from these rival sites.

Mr Griffin was speaking at the launch of the National Lottery’s rebranded Lotto Plus game, which will see the top prize on its Lotto Plus 1 draw increase from from €500,000 to €1 million. The changes will give punters a better chance of winning on the lotto’s secondary draws.

To faciliate the prize increase, the price of a Lotto Plus line will rise by 50 cent per line to €1. This will increase the cost of a standard two-line play on the Nattional Lottery with Lotto Plus from €5 to €6. The Lotto Plus game allows players enter two secondary draws Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 and a Lotto Plus raffle.

The changes, which kick in for this Saturday’s draw, represent the first overhaul of the Lotto Plus game in 15 years and are expected to generate an additional €5.5 million each year for good causes.

In 2017, the franchise raised €226 million for good causes, which represents about 30 per cent of total ticket and scratch card sales. Since the franchise was privatised and the online channel opened up three years ago, revenue generated from online ticket sales has quadrupled from 2 per cent to 8 per cent, which equates to about €60 million.

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/retail-and-services/rogue-operators-eating-into-national-lottery-sales-1.3612953

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Irish National Lottery CEO blames Lottoland for ticket price hikes

Online lottery betting operators like Lottoland are to blame for ticket price hikes, according to the Irish National Lottery’s chief exec.

On Thursday, the Irish Times quoted Irish National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin slamming lottery betting operators as “rogues” that are “siphoning off” revenue from his business. Said siphoning is also allegedly shrinking the Lottery’s contributions to good causes, which totaled €226m in 2017.

Griffin (pictured) failed to quantify the effect that lottery betting is having on his outfit’s sales, saying only that hard information was hard to come by “but we know we’re losing something.” Griffin claimed the alleged rogues were responsible for cannibalizing up to 20% of state lottery sales in the UK and Australia. Lottoland received its Irish online betting license in 2016.

National Lottery spokesperson Miriam Donohue said Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), which won a 20-year license to operate Ireland’s lottery in 2014, is being forced to up its marketing spending in order to compete with lottery betting operators on Google search results.

PLI issued a similar warning in February, when it urged the Irish government to pass legislation banning betting on lottery outcomes. Similar legislation was approved in Australia this year, while UK regulators have prohibited third-party betting operators from taking wagers on non-UK EuroMillions draws last year.

Under sustained assault by lottery monopolies across the globe, Lottoland and other lottery betting sites recently formed a new trade body to educate European regulators and counter the steady drumbeat of negative headlines the operators have endured as their profile rose.

Lottoland’s operations came under particularly harsh fire from UK National Lottery operator Camelot in 2016 after the latter company raised its EuroMillions ticket prices from £2 to £2.50 and Lottoland kept its prices steady.

As of September 1, the Irish National Lottery is raising the price of a standard two-line play with the Lotto Plus option from €5 to €6. Also, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws will double to €1 per line. To soften the blow, the Lottery is doubling the top Lotto Plus 1 prize to €1m. Your move, Lottoland.

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