Norweigan lottery operator Norsk Tipping distributed NOK4.8bn (£ 400.6m/€473.6m/$527.3 m) of gambling proceeds in 2018 to charitable causes, an increase from NOK4.7bn in 2017, according to the country’s Lotteritilsynet gaming regulator.
Of the sum of 2018, 6.4 percent-about NOK307 m-went to rehabilitation services for health and gambling addiction.
It then distributed the remaining NOK4.5bn to other causes. Sport received the largest share of this fund at 64 percent, while cultural initiatives received 18 percent and the same amount received from humanitarian organizations.
All of these were the same as the 2017 estimates.
The Norwegian Red Cross was the largest single recipient of Norsk Tipping funding, receiving NOK 254.3 m, among non-profit and humanitarian organizations. The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society received 156.9 m NOK, while the Oslo Church City Mission received 57.4 m NOK.
Lotteritilsynet also confirmed earlier today that changes to the country’s ban on unlicensed operators payments will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The changes would mean that the regulator will have the power to request blocks of payments based on company names and linked to certain account numbers, as well as to make decisions about an agent or other payment intermediaries.