Nobody can deny the fact the online lottery is rather popular all around the world. The majority of people have access to the online lottery, but there are players located in certain territories that cannot play the lottery. These players can’t play the lottery locally, nor they can play it online because their national authorities have banned it.
Before I give you the ultimate list of countries where online lotteries are restricted, I’m going to talk about why governments decide to ban lotteries in general, and why the online lottery gets banned in specific. Note, do not worry, the countries where the lottery is banned by default are only a handful. On a side note, I’m also going to provide you with information, on what countries do not have access to the most popular US and EU lotteries.
I’m sure you’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time.
No Two Countries Are the Same – Tailor-Made Legislation
I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this, but the basis for official guidelines, and legislation is usually the needs of the citizens. Lottery in general is perceived as gambling, that’s why many governments like to protect their citizens by imposing restrictions. However, this is wrong on so many levels. There’s something called self-control, there are agencies who help people with gambling issues, and most importantly, there will always be players who get away with it. So, in my opinion, it’s better to legalize it and tax the player.
So, we can consider the ban on the lottery as a measure to protect people who lack self-control. Now, to get back on the heading, no two nations are the same. Some have a tendency to be responsible, others like to go to extremes. Don’t get me wrong, but there’s some truth in this. As a rule of thumb, I repeat, in my experience, countries where online lotteries and lotteries in general are legal, are doing pretty good. Just saying.
Religion, Local Culture, and Tradition Play a Major Role
Other factors that greatly influence how the legislation is shaped are the population’s religion, the local culture, and any customs and traditions that stand out. Almost by default, note “almost”, in countries where Islam is the predominant religion, all forms of gambling are restricted. Now, since lottery is considered gambling in these regions, the lottery is straight out banned.
Many individuals from these regions are eager to play the lottery online and compete for the much-desired US lottery jackpots, but they cannot. If, say, they’re caught playing the lottery, they’re severely punished, and charged with being gamblers. You don’t want to be located there, don’t you? No lottery player does.
Lastly, considering the current situation, it seems like the laws will never change. There are no signs, no indicators that point in the other direction. Legalization of the lottery at the very least will mean an influx of millions of new lottery players.
The Political System Keeps Online Players at Bay
This is the opposite of what I just mentioned. Instead of the government restricting its players to play the online lottery, or any lottery in general, this time around, the lottery operator is not in a position to pay out any winnings to the lottery winners in these countries. If the operator does so, it will become subject to criminal charges. A good example is a dictatorship, the likes of North Korea for instance.
As you can see, it’s not always your government’s fault, it can be somebody else’s government’s fault. It’s safe to say, the government is always the bad guy. It’s highly unlikely that you’re located in a country of this kind, mainly due to the fact that even the internet is not easily available.
Nonetheless, countries of this nature deserve to be put in their very own category. I want to be clear on this kind of thing.
Last Point of the Day – If There’s a National Lottery, Be Cautious
Because many of the laws are old and outdated, even the government is not willing to enforce them, unless there’s a party that has an interest in them. For example, if there’s a national lottery, and it has had major success in the past, you should be careful. The national lottery operator is the party who has an interest in this matter, and it can, and it will lobby to have all online lottery players penalized for playing foreign lotteries. Now, this is very rare, because it costs a lot of money to track down a handful of lottery players.
Nonetheless, if you are forced to keep playing the lottery online in this gray area, at least don’t get caught. I cannot provide you with any advice on this matter, because that will make me an accomplice in criminal activity. I’m deeply sorry.
List of Countries Where Online Lottery Is Illegal
These are the countries where gambling activities are closely monitored, alongside lottery. This list goes across all of the aforementioned types. Here it is:
- Belarus (prosecuted)
- Cyprus (prosecuted)
- Czech Republic (other forms, the lottery is legal)
- Turkey (other forms, prosecuted, the lottery is legal)
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia (all forms)
- Qatar (all forms)
- Iran (all forms)
- Iraq (all forms)
- Syria (all forms)
- India (some states)
- Indonesia (all forms)
List of Countries that Require an Operator License
This is a list of countries where the operator must obtain a local license in order to sell lottery tickets to the local population. In my opinion, this list is rather long, but I highly suspect that all online lottery operators have obtained the necessary licenses. For what it’s worth, the online lottery community acts as an isolated system, and so far, I’ve seen only a few examples where lottery winners were unable to claim their winnings due to legislation.
- Channel Islands
- Czech Republic
- Isle of Man
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- US Virgin Islands
Most Activities in the Online Lottery World are in the Gray Area
When all is considered, most of the official activities are put in the gray area. Due to the complexity of the matter, nobody wants to unfold the file of problems. The USA’s rigid framework seems to do a good job, in spite of the arguments that I have against it.
Europeans on the other hand, with their principle-based approach to legislation, have left lottery out in the open. This applies to both the lottery and the online lottery. I cannot stress the importance of having a clear framework. Both the lottery players and the lottery players will benefit from it. Winners and players won’t be prosecuted, whereas lottery operators will be able to freely market their services and products. Maybe, I say maybe, this will all be true in the foreseeable future. For the time being, we can enjoy the lottery as it is, stay quiet and claim any prizes in any way possible.