LotterIES ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Lotteries declared nuisances.

3. Promoter or conductor of unlicensed Lottery.

4. Person drawing ticket or chance in Lottery.

5. Person selling or buying ticket or chance.

6. Persons assisting in setting up Lottery.

7. Keeping premises for purposes of Lottery.

8. Minister to issue Lottery licences.

9. Lottery licences may be issued to societies.

10. Only horse-race Lottery licences may be issued to racing clubs.

11. Applications for Lottery licences.

12. Secretary may require applicants for Lottery licences to furnish information and documents.

13. General conditions applicable to Lottery licences.

14. Special conditions applicable to horse-race Lottery licences.

15. Disposal of unclaimed prizes in licensed Lotteries.

16. Persons who are deemed to promote or conduct licenced Lotteries.

17. Lottery licence fees.

18. Authorised representatives may act on behalf of societies or racing clubs.

19. Lottery Tax.

20. Offences in respect of licensed Lotteries.

21. Search warrants.

22. No prosecution but by authority of Attorney-General.

23. Penalty for under offence ordinance.

24. Forfeiture of money and disposal of productions before court.

25. Proof Lottery licence by production certified copies.

26. Informer's share of fine.

27. Informer competent witness.

28. Interpretation.

8 of 1844,

3 of 1883,

6 of 1944,

2 of 1954,

27 of 1958.

AN ORDINANCE for the suppression of Lotteries.

[Date of Commencement: 10th July, 1844]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Lotteries Ordinance.

2. Lotteries declared nuisances.

All unlicensed Lotteries, under whatsoever denomination or pretence they shall be set up, carried on, or kept, shall be deemed and are hereby declared to be common nuisances and against law.

3. Promoter or conductor of unlicensed Lottery.

Every person who promotes or conducts any unlicensed Lottery shall be guilty of an offence.

4. Person drawing ticket or chance in Lottery.

If any person shall draw, or cause to be drawn, any ticket or chance in any unlicensed Lottery or shall by playing, throwing, or in any other way whatsoever, endeavour to win or obtain any prize in, or to derive any benefit for himself or for any other person from any unlicensed Lottery, every such person shall be guilty of an offence.

5. Person selling or buying ticket or chance.

If any person shall, within Sri Lanka and its dependencies, sell, deliver, or dispose of, purchase, or wilfully receive any ticket or chance in any unlicensed Lottery promoted or conducted in Sri Lanka or in any Lottery promoted or conducted outside Sri Lanka, every such person shall be guilty of an offence.

6. Persons assisting in setting up Lottery.

If any person shall under any pretence, device, or description whatsoever, agree to pay any sum, or deliver any goods, or to do or forbear doing anything for the benefit of any person, whether with or without consideration, on any event or contingency relative or applicable to the drawing, winning, or obtaining of any ticket or chance in any unlicensed Lottery, or shall make, print, or publish any proposal, under any denomination, name, or title whatever, for any of the purposes aforesaid, every such person shall be guilty of an offence.

7. Keeping premises for purposes of Lottery.

If any person shall keep or use any premises or place or knowingly permit any premises or place to be kept or used, for any purpose connected with any unlicensed Lottery promoted or conducted in Sri Lanka or any Lottery promoted or conducted outside Sri Lanka, every such person shall be guilty of an offence.

8. Minister to issue Lottery licences.

(1) Licences to promote or conduct Lotteries may, licences in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance, be issued by the Minister in his discretion after consultation with the Inspector-General of Police.

(2) A licence to promote or conduct any Lottery is hereinafter referred to as a "Lottery licence”, and a Lottery licence to promote or conduct any Lottery or Lotteries in connection with any horse-race or horse-races is hereinafter referred to as a horse-race Lottery licence.

(3) A horse-race Lottery licence may authorise the licensee to promote or conduct a Lottery in connection with—

(a) a specified horse-race in any specified year or in every year; or

(b) each of a specified number of any horse-races in any specified year or in every year; or

(c) any horse-race at a specified race-meeting in any specified year or in every year; or

(d) any horse-race at every race-meeting held by a specified racing club in any specified year or in every year.

9. Lottery licences may be issued to societies.

(1) A licence to promote or conduct any kind of Lottery may be issued to a society upon application duly made in that behalf and upon payment of the prescribed fee.

(2) No Lottery licence issued to a society shall authorise the promotion or conduct of more than one Lottery.

10. Only horse-race Lottery licences may be issued to racing clubs.

(1) A horse-race Lottery licence may be issued to a racing club upon application duly made in that behalf and upon payment of the prescribed fee.

(2) No Lottery licence other than a horse-race Lottery licence shall be issued to a racing club.

11. Applications for Lottery licences.

Every application by a society or racing club for a Lottery licence—

(1) shall be made in writing to the Minister through the Secretary;

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