Lottoland has filed an application to have its own lottery in several German federal states with the play principally resembling that of the Euro jackpot multi-state lottery.

Lottoland seeks German lottery permission

With a revenue of €300m, Lottoland is one of the leading private online lottery operators in Europe. Lottoland offers bets on major lotteries around the world.

Dr Rolf Stypmann, spokesman for Lottoland, said: "With more than five million customers, we understand what lottery players worldwide are looking for. Now we want extend our offering even further and set up our own lottery in Germany.

"If we were to receive permission from a federal state authority, Lottoland would be the first private lottery company offering a major lottery in Germany. Lottoland would set up the game plan, have the draw handled by a neutral authority under public supervision, and would allow the jackpot pool to be distributed according to a pre-set game plan. Customers would be able to collect their lottery ticket at selected collection points and lottery terminals, as well as via internet.”   

Stypmann explained that, organisationally, private companies are able to handle lotteries at the level of state lotteries. This is what the company has experienced in Italy, UK and Austria.

The German State Lottery Association produces €7.3bn in revenue each year. About 40 per cent of the money goes directly to the finance ministers of each federal state. The assignment of the money is independently decided upon by the states. The public sport bets supplier Oddset, generating revenues of €186m is comparably small.