|Russia will soon be celebrating the start of itís very first nationwide online lottery. The venture will be run by Russian National Lottery which consists of a UK company, Merrimore Ltd, and itís two Russian subsidiaries 000 Russian National Lottery and 000 Teletot.|
This will be the first truly nationwide online lottery in Russia, as Russian National Lottery are the only company licensed to operate such a venture in Moscow and St Petersburg. Although there are other online lotteries, none are registered in these two cities and therefore cannot operate from or in them at this time.
Russian National Lottery intend to launch their operation in Moscow and St. Petersburg, before gradually branching out to the rest of the country. Lottery terminals are to be placed in gas stations and subway stations in St. Petersburg, and Russian National Lottery state that they have been licensed for 1,200 different locations to set up terminals in Moscow.
The company is unique amongst such lotteries in Russia in that it does not rely upon partnerships for itís licensing, the company owns all itís own licenses and remains a self-sufficient unit.