Legal framework

The activities of Swisslos as a charitable lottery company in German-speaking Switzerland and the Canton of Ticino are based on the:

  • Federal Act on Gambling (Gambling Act, GamblA) of 29 September 2017, as well as the corresponding implementing ordinance of 7 November 2018.

The new Gambling Act was approved by Parliament on 29 September 2017. This Act, together with the corresponding ordinance, has been in force since 1 January 2019. The new Act supersedes the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Gambling of 1923 as well as the Act on Gambling and Gambling Casinos of 1998 and governs the entire gaming area. Since lottery companies will now also be subject to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, in future Swisslos must comply with the FDJP ordinance on due diligence requirements to be met by organizers of major gaming events in order to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

These two intercantonal conventions are currently being reviewed by the cantons and are not expected to enter into force until 1 July 2020. As before, the gambling addiction tax of 0.5 percent paid to the cantons for prevention, advisory support/treatment, education, further training and research in connection with the issue of gambling addiction will be one of the cornerstones of the conventions.

Swisslos is subject to the supervision of the Lottery and Betting Commission (Comlot).