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Online Lottery in France
France was one of the first countries in modern history to have a lottery, as King Francis I saw it as a good way to support the state’s bad finances - mainly due to the wars - during the 16th Century. The game kept on growing in popularity until the first half of the 1800s when it was officially abolished.
In 1933, a new national lottery reappeared and a few decades later La Française des Jeux (FDJ) was founded. The Decree 85-390 from 1 April 1985, on the organization and operation of sport forecasts games, allows it to have an exclusive license for offering lottery in France.
|Is online lottery legal in France?||Yes|
|Are lottery sites in France trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/Neteller/Skrill?||Yes.|
|Do online lottery sites accept EUR?||Yes.|
Online Lottery Laws in France
As the Law No. 2010-476 from 12 of May, 2010 didn’t cover online lotto sites, the industry remained a monopoly. In fact, before the online gambling regulation, the FDJ already provided online lotto games on the French market. Both the land-based and online lotteries are regulated by the Budget Minister and the Minister of the Interior.
The FDJ offers various draws and lottery-style games. However, and despite the fact that online lotto news sites report that its sales are increasing in recent years, players are still drawn to international platforms that accept French nationals - such as theLotter - and that offer bigger jackpots and better online lotto bonuses.
As of May 2019, there is no prospect of the law changing, but considering the pressures of the European Union to open the market to all forms of gambling, the French lottery might follow the same path in the future.
Online Lottery Payment Methods in France
There are several ways through which players can deposit and withdraw winnings. Even though they are all efficient, they are, most importantly, transparent. In this way, the credit and debit options of VISA and MasterCard are commonly accepted. But there are also alternatives available, such as Skrill, Neteller or PaySafeCard.
Online Lottery Sites Accepting EUR
When players are looking for websites, they always favor the ones that will accept their local currency, so that they don’t pay any conversion fees. Luckily for French players, it is possible to find many online lottery sites accepting EUR, which allows them to control better their spendings.