“Bookmakers are already concerned that Dutch state-owned lotteries will have a head start when licensed online sports betting begins, with lower taxes on their retail operations plus a database of existing customers to solicit for business,” GamblingCompliance reports.

In contrast to all other games of chance, lottery prizes at €449 or below are not taxed in the Netherlands, a situation that is not expected to change. As a result, land-based lotteries, instead of the nominal rate of 29%, face an effective gambling tax burden of less than 10%.

“Questions are most certainly being asked as to whether this advantage constitutes state aid,” said Alan Littler, an academic focused on gaming policy who works with Amsterdam-based attorneys Kalff Katz & Franssen.

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