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.



Since 1993, Lottomatica has been the sole concessionaire for the Italian Lotto game and also operates instant and traditional lottery games online and offline. In 2016, the international SAZKA Group acquired a 32,5% stake in Lottomatica through a joint venture.

There are two types of lotteries in Italy, both exploited by Lottomatica; the instant lottery (scratch cards, Gratta e Vinci) and the traditional, passive lotteries. A maximum amount of 13 drawings a year is fixed for the traditional lotteries. The Lotteria Italia, on the 6th of January, is the most important lottery draw of the year. The 13 national drawings are all connected to historical, artistic, cultural or other local events. The most popular Italian game, the Gioco del Lotto, has the biggest market share. The game has three drawings a week. The revenues of one of these drawings are destined for the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, which distributes the funds to various projects, with a maximum of € 150 million a year. For more information visit: www.lottomatica.it


Since the end of the 1990s Sisal has obtained the authorisation to offer a range of game products: Superenalotto (a number lottery), horse race betting, sports betting and show events betting. For more information see: www.sisal.it