The Spanish regulator, the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ), has drafted legislation that is set to impose strict marketing and advertising regulations on lottery operators and brokers in the country.
Introduced last year, the Spanish Gambling Act initially targeted gambling operators and placed stringent restrictions on their marketing campaigns, allowing for gambling adverts to be broadcast only between 1 a.m and 5 a.m across TV and radio.
The Spanish regulator has also banned certain promotional offers and bonuses and placed tough restrictions on video game loot boxes.
In a recent update, the DGOJ has confirmed that these rules will now extend to Spain’s lottery industry. Online lotteries will now have to implement age-verification procedures, using national databases to confirm that players are of legal age. Additionally, lottery websites will now have to display an official seal to confirm their legitimacy.
Lottery brokers will also have to adhere to these new regulations, while they must also offer greater transparency when it comes to sales and financial channels.
According to the Spanish regulator, these new regulations are designed to improve the safeguarding of players in Spain. In particular, the authorities are looking to protect young and vulnerable people from potential gambling-related harm.