Legal framework

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

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 are now also 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 (FDJP Money Laundering Ordinance).

As of 1 January 2021, the All-Switzerland Concordat on Gambling (GSK) and the Intercantonal Agreement on the Joint Implementation of Gambling (IKV 2020) are in force.

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 now enshrined in the Intercantonal Concordat on Gambling.

Swisslos is subject to the supervision of the Swiss Gambling Supervisory Authority (Gespa), which succeeds the former Lottery and Betting Commission (Comlot).