Conditions of lottery and gambling will be tightened in Armenia
The conditions for organizing lotteries and gambling will be tightened in Armenia. Government at a meeting on February 28, the RA issued a positive opinion on the draft amendments to the law “On lotteries”, developed by deputies of parliament.
The conclusion of the Cabinet in accordance with the law will be submitted to the parliament.As the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Armenia noted, the authors of the bill propose to limit the activities of slot machines and other gambling, including sweepstakes. Speech, in particular, is about the possibility of their organization only in four zones of the republic – Tsakhkadzor, Sevan, Jermuk and Meghri.”It will be much more difficult to get involved in gambling,” said the minister. He added that the bill provides for the application of penalties for violation of the established procedure. In addition, it is proposed to establish the age limit, limit participation in the game by persons recognized as incapable, block the sites of gambling organizers in public places and set limits on cash payments. The executive body will also require financial guarantees to protect the interests of the participants in the games.
The government considers it expedient to establish a guarantee in the amount of state duty, namely, 500 million drams. It is also proposed to block access to online casinos in public facilities (cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, Internet clubs, gas stations, shopping centers, etc.). Otherwise, the owners of the institution will be fined one million drams.