Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator, has issued a stern warning to lottery operators who may be infringing upon regulations by offering online gaming elements.
The KSA has recently launched an investigation into the matter after noting that cases of operators providing unlicensed products were on the rise.
The regulator has emphasised that action will be taken if the law or permit conditions are found to have been violated.
Licensed operators are prohibited from offering lotteries online in the Netherlands – they are only allowed to sell raffle tickets via the internet.
KSA has reiterated the distinction between less risky games of chance like lotteries, and high risk games, such as slot machines and casino games.
“The distinction between risky and less risky games of chance is there to protect consumers,” the KSA explained.
“People who want to participate in a lottery may not come into contact with more risky games of chance without being invited.
“These can lead to gambling addiction and related social problems. Important objectives of the KSA are consumer protection and the prevention of gambling addiction.”
The KSA has already shown its determination to root out improper operations this year after taking action against 37 companies for operating gaming machines without valid licences.