After offering games on its website that were not covered by its licence, Lotto Direct was fined SEK15,000 by Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Inspectorate.
Lotto Direct was found to have “violated the terms of the company’s licence” and to have deliberately flouted Swedish regulations, according to a Spelinspektionen investigation, for which it was also issued a formal warning.
On June 8, 2020, the Malta-based company, whose main portal is the popular lottery brokerage TheLotter.com, was granted a licence to sell tickets in Sweden on its thelotter.com/se site, with a term of June 7, 2023.
However, Lotto Direct applied to extend its licence to another Swedish website, thelotter.se, in August 2020, and Spelinspektionen stated that a SEK150,000 application fee was required. Despite this, no application fee was ever paid, and the application was denied, prompting an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Despite the Court of Appeal’s judgement having legal force, Lotto Direct continued to offer games on thelotter.se.
Following the fine, the gambling regulator issued the following statement: “The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate states that this has been a deliberate violation of a serious nature that has been going on for a long time in this context. Against this background, the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate decides on the penalty fee of SEK 15,000.”