Interview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period18 Sept 2017

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  • TitleInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Radio Sydney
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size9 mins 49 secs
    DescriptionInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Problem Gambling Expert, Monash University, about the controversy brought by Lottoland. Harmer says Lottoland has arrived in Australia and is an online lottery company based in Gibraltar. Harmer notes that Lottoland has released a controversial TV ad and adds lottery people have protested against this. Livingstone states Lottoland offers the opportunity to bet which basically will put a wager on what winning numbers will be for lotteries all around the world. Livingstone mentions that in the US, the lotto prize could reach up to hundreds of millions of dollars. Livingstone says a $10M prize is the maximum in traditional lotteries in Australia. Harmer notes news agents and the government are concerned about this and there has been claims that Lottoland is taking away money from sporting clubs. Livingstone explains Lottoland is only making $20M a year as compared to $1.7B a year for more traditional lotteries. Livingstone adds the Lottoland is only paying a light tax regime. Livingstone says news agents are facing tough times nowadays and this issue will affect them negatively. Caller Chris asks does Lottoland give winners the gross amount or the net amount of the prize. Livingstone explains the advertising clearly states that if you win $100M, you will be given $100M. Harmer says the Andrews government is banning gambling establishments near schools and public transport.
    Producer/AuthorWendy Harmer
    PersonsCharles Livingstone