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Report of the Law Reform Committee on Online Gaming and Singapore

displayed on the relevant webpage; for example, on the webpage for the Euro Millions,13 it states that it is “Not Available to Residents of The Netherlands, Pakistan & The Philippines” and that “Offers Void where Prohibited by Law.”

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Most online operators however just offer online, the same lotteries they offer

offline with some operators aggressively advertising and selling tickets on the Internet to players from all around the world.14 One of the earliest state run lotteries that established an online presence is the United Kingdom (“UK”) national lottery which has been online since 2003.15 In Canada, British Columbia and the four Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, have had their lottery operations online since 2006.16 In the US, some state lotteries, such as Indiana’s state lottery, began their Internet operations with “second chance” drawings which used the Internet to give losing tickets another opportunity to win a prize. Players with tickets that did not win a prize could enter their

ticket numbers on the Internet for second chance drawings.

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Some of the US states and territories that allow lotteries now also offer

subscription purchase programs where players can use the Internet to enable account betting on their lotteries using their credit cards. So for example, New Hampshire17 and

New York18 offer subscriptions to their respective state lotteries via the Internet.

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In China, VODone Limited became the first authorised service provider of

mobile lottery betting services to users of data-enabled mobile phones and handheld computers such as Palm Pilots, in late April 2009.19 It is authorised by the Heilongjiang Welfare Lottery Center, which is a welfare lottery center itself authorised by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and other relevant Chinese

government authorities.20

To play, users need to register, log in and download the

lottery software from the website cai.vodone.com, before they can place their bets. The system uses a special process of bundling the mobile number and identity card number as the certification information of user registration.21 Winnings of less than RMB10,000 can be collected through players’ virtual accounts whereas higher winnings need to be collected at the Welfare Lottery Center.

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See https://www.internet-secure.net/il-eu/euromillions.html. See http://www.pluslotto.com/. See http://www.national-lottery.co.uk. See http://www.alc.ca/ and http://www.bclc.com. See http://www.nhlottery.org/subscription. See http://www.nylottery.org/ny/nyStore. See http://www.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=1398&lang=EN. See http://newsblaze.com/story/2009070803505600001.acn/topstory.html. See http://www.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=1398&lang=EN.

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