Stop bookies taking bets on National Lottery draws, says RGDATA
Retailers around the country are losing out – by up to €112 million in lottery sales due to licensed bookmakers taking bets on National Lottery Draws. An estimated further €40 million is lost to good causes, says RGDATA.
Senator Barry Ward has drafted a bill to stop licensed bookmakers from taking bets on National Lottery draws, warning that good causes and retailers are losing out. RGDATA is urging the Seanad to progress the bill as a matter of urgency.
RGDATA says there’s an estimated annual loss of €20,000 in lottery sales for each retail agent, with a direct loss of over €1,200 in retail commissions.
RGDATA Tara Buckley said “RGDATA is asking the Seanad to initiate proceedings to get this Bill drafted into law and ban this practice. As it stands the average loss to a retail agent is €20,000 in sales and missing out on €1,200 sales commission every year. What is even more annoying is the loss of €40 million for good causes.”
RGDATA represents over 4,000 independent family-owned grocery shops, convenience stores, forecourt stores and supermarkets in Ireland.
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