Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Indian government to take action against advertising for Net lotteries

The Indian Lotteries Department has urged the State Government to initiate the necessary actions over the Internet and mobile phone SMS advertisement operations in the mass-media. Despite the ban being imposed by the State Government, the online lottery majors, including Playwin, are still surviving in the state through the Internet and SMS, which are very common these days. The advertisements of Playwin highlighting the experiences of the winners have already started appearing in the media.
It has been mentioned in the advertisements that though the direct sale of the online lotteries is not allowed in the state, one can play online lottery through the Internet or SMS.

The issue has come to our notice and we have already taken it up with the State Government for initiating the necessary action,
Lotteries Director A Shajahan said.
The issue of regional media carrying the advertisements of the online lottery is a matter to be taken up with the Press Council of India, according to Shajahan.
The State Government had banned the online lotteries through a piece of legislation in March. However, there is lack of clarity on the definition of online lottery as to whether it includes lotteries played through the Internet and SMS.
As of now, the ban was applicable only to the kiosks that sell online lottery tickets,
he said.
[Via Newindpress]


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