Gibraltar-based Lottoland says it has close to 16,000 Australians are in opposition to the federal ban on lottery betting, local media reports.
Last month, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a bill (which amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001,) which will see the practice become illegal in the country.
“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,” said Lottoland Australia chief executive Luke Brill.
“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,” he said.
“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 legislation.