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Lotteries Act, 1997

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To regulate and prohibit lotteries and sports pools; to establish a National Lotteries Board; consequentially to amend the Post Office Act, 1958, the Gambling Act, 1965, and the Gambling Act, 1982 (Ciskei), and to repeal the State Lotteries Act, 1984 (Ciskei), and the Lotteries Decree, 1989 (Transkei); and to provide for matters connected therewith.


Last update: December 2013

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Latest Developments:


The Lotteries Act, 1997 (Act No. 57 of 1997) has been amended by Lotteries Amendment Act, 2013, (Act No. 32 of 2013), Notice No. 1020, Government Gazette 37171, dated 18 December 2013.


The Act has been updated by the inclusion of :

Regulations regarding Promotional Competitions, 2002 published in Notice No. R 798 in Government Gazette No. 23501 dated 7 June 2002;

Notice No. 3267 of 2003 in Government Gazette No. 25703 dated 7 November 2003;

Notice No. 1468 of 2004 in Government GazetteNo. 27118 dated 15 December 2004;

Notice No. 1354 of 2005 in Government Gazette No. 27864 dated 2 August 2005.

The act has been amended by the Schedule of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (GG26311) 28 April 2004


The Lotteries Amendment Act, 2001 as Gazetted in GG 22927 on 12 December, 2001 has been applied to the Act.

Regulations relating to Distributing Agencies have been added as published in Gazette 22092 dated 22 February, 2001.

Promulgation of Regulations relating to the allocation of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund have been added, as published in Gazette 21696 dated 27 October 2000.

Regulations relating to allocation of money in National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund have been added, as published in Gazette 21619 dated 29 September 2000.

The Lotteries Act, 1997, has been added to the site, and is completely up to date including regulations.The last update being the Lotteries Amendment Act, 2000, as published in Gazette 21011 and dated 17 March 2000.