Swiss Lottery and Betting Board
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|Government agency overview|
The Swiss Lottery and Betting Board (or Comlot; Interkantonale Lotterie- und Wettkommission in German, Commission intercantonale des loteries et paris in French, Commissione intercantonale delle lotterie e scommesse in Italian) is responsible for licensing and supervising the lottery and betting market in Switzerland.
Comlot is a body established by the concordat (Swiss Intercantonal Convention on Licensing and Supervision of Intercantonal and National Lotteries and Bets, IVLW) between the Swiss Cantons regarding lotteries and bets. It has its seat in Berne.
Founding and organisation
The Commission of Comlot, the Swiss Lottery and Betting Board, consists of five members including its President, Jean-François Roth. The Comlot President and Commission members are proposed by the Swiss cantonal Executives; they are elected by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors – Lottery Market and Lottery Act FDKL.
Comlot is in charge of licensing of lotteries and sports bets run in several Swiss cantons or nationwide. Prior to licensing, any gambling products and distribution channels are assessed by Comlot. Based on this assessment Comlot determines the measures necessary in respect of problem gambling and the protection of minors.
Comlot's primary focus is on the supervision of legal lotteries and sports bets; and especially on the combat of any illegal lotteries and sports bets.
Advice and Information
As Switzerland's intercantonal centre of competence on lotteries and betting, Comlot provides information regarding gambling.
Comlot supervises the enforcement of the Swiss Lotteries Act, of the Lotteries Ordinance, and of the Swiss Intercantonal Convention. She ensures that residents of Switzerland can participate safely in lotteries and sports bets.
The legislator and its regulating bodies focus especially on gambling-related problems (in particular on gambling addiction) and gambling-related criminality (in particular on game manipulation and money laundering). At the same time, these regulations are intended to ensure that the state will receive a large portion of the proceeds from gambling activities, whereby all benefits generated from lotteries and bets must be used for welfare.
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- Official website
- Fachdirektorenkonferenz Lotteriemarkt und Lotteriegesetzt (FDKL) (only in German or French)