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Ronan, Solicitor
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
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Sir,Are private online competitions or raffles legal

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Hello sir,
Are private online competitions or raffles legal in Ireland?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
1. Private online competitions or raffles are only legal in Ireland if they are for a charitable purpose and have obtained a Gaming & Lotteries Act licence from the District Court. Otherwise, they violate the law and leave the promotors open to prosecution. It makes no difference that the competition might be online. Once the operation obtains money from an Irish source, then a licence is needed and it must be for a charitable purpose with no element of private or personal benefit for the promotors.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the reply,1.I have seen a paid raffle before where they had a question so it introduced a level of skill. Is this still illegal, legal or on the verge.2. Is there any way around this? What about online gaming companies with licenses issued from Isle of Man.
How are they operating and collecting revenue in Ireland?Best Regards
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
2. Introducing a question still makes it illegal. Skill or knowledge does not avoid the terms of the legislation. Secondly, strictly speaking, having an Isle of Man licence does not entitle an operator to obtain revenue from Ireland. A prosecution can still result.