Population 2019: 60.3 million
GDP 2019: 1.8 trillion EUR
GDP per capita 2019: 29,611 EUR
Taxation for lotteries: 12%
Charity lotteries allowed: Yes



No central gaming act exists in Italy; several laws and ministerial decrees regulate the Italian gaming market. The state, through the Independent State Monopolies Administration (Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli dello Stato; AAMS), issues licenses to private operators that act as agents of the state, and supervises them. The AAMS sets certain boundaries to regulate all types of gaming, but it has, for example, no direct influence on the percentages of prize money. The monopoly of the state on gaming is derived from a gambling law from 1948. The Ministry of Finance was responsible for the supervision and the management of the lotto and the AAMS for the national lotteries until the beginning of the 1990s.

Revenues of gaming in Italy are destined for the public benefit and the operators themselves. The majority of the revenues goes to the state treasury, and other parts go to the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, the sports sector, the horse racing sector and several smaller cultural and social activities.

Currently, two operators are active at the Italian gaming market that offer (among others) lottery games: Lottomatica and Sisal. The type of games they offer at the national level are: Gioco del Lotto (lotto game), Superenalotto (based on the outcomes of the Gioco del Lotto), gaming machines, bingo, instant lotteries, traditional lotteries, sports betting and horse race betting.

It is not allowed for non-profit organisations to arrange lotteries to raise money for good causes. As far as we know, no Italian lotteries exist that meet the criteria of a charity lottery. The lotteries mentioned below do, however, distribute part of the sales to good causes.