Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2013

Measures against SMS-lottery delayed with 3 months

Prime MinisterWILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Ivar Asjes delayed the measures against the illegal sale of SMS lottery through the Curacao Lottery Foundation with three months.

“Those who are in the business of illegal lottery have the opportunity till November 1 of this year to stop with this practice so to prevent the implementation of an administrative enforcement,” according to Asjes. The Prime Minister made this announcement during the Council of Minister’s weekly press conference.

Asjes gives UTS and Robbie's lottery implicitly 3 months to stop with their illegal activities, before he proceeds with legal actions in connection with the enforcement duty which the Minister has as the administrative authority.

The so-called SMS lotteries has been taking place for several years in Curaçao. In the present illegal sale of lottery tickets, the 'tickets' are sent as text messages to the buyer through the State telecommunication company UTS. The contents of this 'digital tickets' are not in accordance with the above mentioned Lottery Regulation and the implementing regulations contained in AB.1986, No. 21, as amended.

Moreover, this way of selling lottery tickets was never authorized by Prime Minister Asjes nor his predecessor, nor by the former Island Executive Council (BC) under Article 3 of Regulation 1909 Lottery.

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