Online Lottery in Austria
The first lottery held in Austria was in 1751 during the reign of Empress Maria Theresia. In 1986, the Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft m.b.H. was created and it has, since then, held a monopoly in the country. Unlike other forms of gambling, there is no age restriction to play land-based lottery, though 18 years old is the minimum required to play in online lotto sites in Austria.
|Is online lottery legal in Austria?||Yes.|
|Are lottery sites in Austria trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/EPS/Skrill?||Yes.|
|Do online lottery sites accept EUR?||Yes.|
Online Lottery Laws in Austria
According to the section 14(5) of the Austrian Gambling Act, only one license at the time can be granted, which means that online lotto sites are also under the monopoly of Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft: “The licensee is obliged to carry out the games of chance to which it has the rights continuously. If the granted license is surrendered after being put into operation, the licensee shall continue to operate the games of chance for a period set by the Federal Minister of Finance, which shall not exceed one year. If the granted license subsequently lapses, the licensee shall continue to operate the games of chance for a period set by the Federal Minister of Finance, which shall not exceed 18 months. These periods shall be such that upon expiration the Federal Government or a new licensee will be able to operate the games of chance.”
However, the offer is somehow limited. And Austrian players also have access to foreign lotteries. This way, they can claim bigger jackpots and bigger online lotto bonuses.
Online Lottery Payment Methods in Austria
Operators need to ensure they are running safe platforms so that gamblers are not victims of fraud. This means that the only payment methods available have a proven record of transparency and legitimacy. The credit and debit cards of VISA and MasterCard are commonly accepted. Alternatively, it is also possible to deposit and withdraw winnings with Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard or EPS - an exclusive for Austrians.
Online Lottery Sites Accepting EUR
Not only does Austria have a national website, but it is also part of the Eurozone. In this way, there are many online lottery sites accepting EUR, allowing Austrian gamblers to be exempt from paying conversion fees.