|New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Department has banned advertisements for an Internet lottery web site. The web site, run by Global Logistics, allows non-UK residents to play the UK national lottery. |
Draws are held twice per week on the lottery, and jackpots run as high as £15 million ($22.5 million). Players log on, pick their numbers and pay by credit card.
The web site came to the attention of the Internal Affairs department when a member of the public phoned to complain after hearing advertisements for the web site on Radio Pacific.
Internal Affairs told Global Logistics that the advertisements were illegal and must stop because the company did not have a special license needed to promote an overseas lottery.
Global Logistics spokesman Martin Ryman called the advertising ban “barmy”.
'New Zealand citizens are allowed to play any lottery in the world they want,' he said. 'It happens every week. Send a mate or a relative overseas a tenner and get them to buy a ticket for you.
'We offer that service, with guaranteed delivery and security. We've been operating for years and helped plenty of folk outside the UK to pick up winnings on the UK lottery.'
Global Logistics charges $3.30 per lottery entry online, plus a 10% fee on all winnings over £1000 ($1500).
A gaming inspector for the Department of Internal Affairs said section 30 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1977 made it an offence to advertise an 'illegal lottery' or induce people to take part in one.
All overseas lotteries were illegal in New Zealand in terms of the act, unless ministerial approval was obtained under section 69.