|Population July 2013:||3.5 million|
|GDP 2012:||31 Billion EUR|
|GDP per capita:||15,700 EUR|
|Taxation for Lotteries:||5% on turnover|
Two laws shape the Lithuanian gaming market: the Law on Games from 2001 and the Law on Lotteries from 2003. The Law on Lotteries makes a distinction between national and local lotteries. Unlike many other European states, no state monopoly exists on national lotteries in Lithuania. National enterprises or foreign enterprises with a registered branch in Lithuania, that act conform Lithuanian law may apply for a license to run a national lottery. The licenses are issued by the State Gaming Control Commission. This is an independent institution that issues, suspends and cancels the licenses. It also monitors the compliance of the operators with the legal requirements.
To run a local lottery, the organiser must be a national or foreign legal person, who acts conform Lithuanian law. The licenses for a local lottery are issued by the municipality where the lottery is held. Total sales of a local lottery may not exceed LTL 100,000 (€ 29,000). In addition, the local lottery must be held during a public event.
Operators of local and national lotteries must allocate 8% of total sales to charities, which are often sports organisations. Prize money may not be less than 50% of total sales.
Legislation to legalise and regulate online gambling has been proposed, with amendments to the Law on Games expected in 2014. However, previous proposals have stalled and failed to become law. Lotteries may sell their tickets through an online channel.
As far as we know, no lotteries exist in Lithuania that meet the criteria of a charity lottery. Since the current operating lottery is obliged to distribute a part of the sales to good causes, it is mentioned below.
Olifeja, established in 1992, is regulated by the Ministry of Finance. All profits go to the National Olympic Committee, which owns 50% of the shares, and the Olympic Foundation of Lithuania. Olifeja is the only operator in Lithuania that possesses a license for online gaming. It has a market share of 93% to 99%. Olifeja has a weekly TV show. As defined by law, Olifeja distributes 8% of total sales to the Olympic Committee and Foundation. Sales in 2009 amounted to LTL 101 million (€ 29 million) of which 50% was awarded as prizes. More info: www.olifeja.lt
Zalgirio Loto was also established in 1992 and offers lotto games, sports betting, and instant lotteries. As defined by law, Zalgirio Loto also distributes 8% to good causes. Any organisation may apply for funding, but at the moment Zalgirio Loto only supports sports.