Despite last month’s Australian House of Representatives vote to ban “synthetic” lotteries like Lottoland (see previous reports) the campaign against the prohibition is being vigorously pursued by the company, which this week revealed that it has accumulated almost 16,000 signatures on a petition against the ban.
Lottoland’s feisty chief executive, Luke Brill, told local media reporters this week that there was strong support by the Australian public for secondary lotteries.
“The public response to this petition has been staggering and sends a clear message to the Government that the community does not support a ban on overseas lottery betting,” Brill said.
“This petition only began at the end of April, and already more than 15,800 people have put their name on the record opposing legislation that will deny Australians the right to bet on overseas lotteries.
“To put this in perspective, it took three weeks less to receive a thousand more signatures than the ‘Lottoland’s Gotta Go!’ campaign, which was driven by a $5 million national smear campaign by Tabcorp-Tatts to con MPs into handing them an indefinite monopoly.”
Brill said a Tatts monopoly on all lotteries would be a “terrible outcome” for Australian consumers and has urged the government to abandon the banning legislation.