Pools chiefs are worried about the loss of revenue to the lottery and the committee is investigating the lottery's impact on other forms of betting. Roger Stott, a Labour MP, said rules banning betting on the lottery were a "farce" after hearing that British punters can bet on the Irish lottery, but not on the British game.
Betting on the numbers drawn in the lottery represents about 7 per cent of turnover in Irish betting shops. The pools industry said it had lost 30 per cent of its business since the start of the lottery, when it had a turnover of pounds 1bn a year.
Backed by the greyhound racing and horse racing industries, the pools promoters called on the lifting of Government restrictions on their competition with the National Lottery.Reuse content