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Minister Wants to Ban Online Lottery

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson says he plans to submit a bill to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, that bans the playing of lottery online. Ögmundur is also calling for the establishment of a national lottery authority which role would be to supervise the industry in Iceland, reports.

althingishus_psAlþingi. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

MP for the Independence Party Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsóttir was among the MPs to express concerns over the changes. She asked whether the establishment of the lottery association would be a priority over directing resources to the police. Ögmundur has suggested that the number of police districts be reduced from 24 to eight as of 2015.

On the issue of the lottery, Ögmundur replied that the association would replace committees which exist in the ministry and would be financed by contributions from companies involved in the lottery industry, as is the case in Norway.

According to Ögmundur, the changes to the lottery would be made in cooperation with those businesses and clubs involved in the activity.


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