The gambling market in European states is traditionally strictly regulated along national borders. In the Netherlands, these games are regulated under the Dutch Gambling Act. The market for games of chance comprises, among others, lotteries, sports betting, casinos and slot machines. The main subjects of this study are charity lotteries.

Tight government intervention and control over gambling is generally believed to ensure that problems such as gambling addiction, money laundering and fraud are minimized, while at the same time the population’s desire for gambling is accommodated in such a way that illegal alternatives are also minimized. Recently, strict national regulation has been challenged. In this report we study the effects of re-regulation of the Dutch lottery market and describe how the National Postcode Lottery can anticipate these regulatory changes.