Population 2019: 8.82 million
GDP 2019: 399 billion EUR
GDP per capita 2019: 44,545 EUR
Taxation for Lotteries: 16% in taxes and fees
Charity lotteries allowed:
Yes

LEGISLATION

Austrian law distinguishes between the federal and the state level. National and interactive gambling services are regulated by the federal Law on Games of Chance (Glücksspielgesetz). The law provides for a quasi-state monopoly for the organisation of lotteries. According to this law, only one license may be granted for the exploitation of an Austrian lottery by the Ministry of Finance, and only to a private company. Next to the issuance of the license, the Ministry of Finance supervises the licensed company. The single license is granted for a period of 15 years and is currently in possession of the Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft mbH (Austrian Lotteries) until 2026. Only the licensed Austrian lottery company may offer online lottery games.


CHARITY LOTTERIES

Lotteries with the purpose of raising money for good causes are only allowed if granted authorisation by the state. The event must be organised by legal persons domiciled in Austria and may not be organised for commercial purposes. If the prize money awarded in the game exceeds €15,000, the event must be designed to achieve “individual goals of a charitable, ecclesiastical or philanthropic nature in Austria.”

As far as we know, lotteries that meet the criteria of a charity lottery do not exist in Austria. However, the Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft distributes part of the sales to charities and is therefore mentioned below.

OTHER LOTTERIES

ÖSTERREICHISCHE LOTTERIEN GESELLSCHAFT MBH

The Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft, or Austrian Lotteries, established in 1986, offers different products for the Austrian gambling market, including: Lotto, Toto, bingo, EuroMillions, scratch cards and online and class lotteries. Casinos Austria is the majority shareholder of Austrian Lotteries. GGR in 2019 amounted to € 817.71 million. € 80 million was used for the promotion of sports, e.g. for more coaches, better infrastructure and sports medicine. The funds are managed by the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation.

Furthermore, the lottery covers the financial needs of several foundations (Austrian Child Aid Foundation, Austrian Senior Citizens Aid Foundation and Austrian Sport Aid Foundation) since it introduced the lotto ‘6 out of 45’ game in 1986, which became a superior competitor for the number lotteries that were organised by these foundations. For more information go to: www.lotterien.at