The commission has said that licensees need to “take care” before agreeing to site lottery ticket vending machines on their premises at the suggestion of machine suppliers.
The warning follows information suggesting that some companies are offering Lottery Ticket Vending Machines (LTVMs) to pubs on the basis they can be sited for commercial gain. Gambling laws stipulate that lotteries cannot be lawfully promoted for private or commercial gain.
These lotteries generally support charities or local initiatives.
“Under the Gambling Act, lotteries are the preserve of charities and other good causes - they cannot be promoted for private or commercial gain,” a Commission spokesman said.
“To offer LTVMs suggesting that the profits can be used for commercial gain is incorrect and harmful to charities and other ‘good causes’ who promote lotteries to fund their work.”
The commission has said that the issue appears to be concentrated in the south-east of England but may be more widespread.
Comply with the law
Trade association UKHospitality said that it was essential for licensees to ensure they comply with the law on this issue.
A spokesman said: “There is clear and unambiguous guidance from the Gambling Commission, which we urge licensees to heed.
“If a licensee wishes to vend lottery tickets to enhance a wider offer, then that is perfectly acceptable but we cannot stress the importance of complying with the laws that forbid commercial gain from such activities.”
The Gambling Commission has asked that any licensee or pub manager who is offered LTVMs on a profit share or other commercial basis contact the commission on its confidential intelligence line (0121 230 6655) or by email on email@example.com
Licensees can also get advice from the Gambling Commission on www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk