ONLINE lottery service Lottoland faces being banned in Western Australia under new laws to protect Lotterywest

ONLINE lottery service Lottoland faces being banned in WA under new laws to protect Lotterywest.

The proposed ban is in response to figures that show more West Australians are turning to online services and are less likely to buy a lotto ticket.

Gilbralter-based Lottoland, in which people bet on the outcome lotteries worldwide, is rising in popularity.

By contrast, Lotterywest’s sales slumped by $60 million last financial year.

The 7 per cent decline was blamed on the rise of online sports betting and “synthetic lottery” providers, as well as WA’s economic downturn.

As a result, money given by Lotterywest to the community dropped $16 million compared and prizes paid to players fell $160 million.

Premier Mark McGowan said the State Government would draft legislation similar to South Australia, where it is an offence for Lottoland to sell products. He said online betting agencies like Lottoland were sucking money out of WA, which could be going to help charity organisations and community groups.

“South Australia has outlawed Lottoland — we’re going to do that as well,” he said. “All that Lottoland and those sorts of organisations do is suck money out of here, send it elsewhere and not give anything back. We have indicated publicly before that we’re going to do this, so I’m keen to make sure it happens.

“The drafting process will take some time, but we’re keen to protect Lotterywest.”

He said the legislation would cover Lottoland and organisations that were lottery related.

“Lotterywest is the best organisation of its type in Australia, probably the world,” he said. “It returns a lot to the WA community and I want to make sure that keeps happening.”

Lotterywest chief executive Susan Hunt added: “When Lotterywest does well, the community does well.”

Originally published as ‘Synthetic’ online lotto faces WA ban