Lottery of Goods

Lottery of Goods

Lottery of Goods

The Curaçao lottery sector is licensed and regulated through the Lottery Ordinance 1909 (Loterijverordening 1909, AB 1965, no. 85, z.g.) and its bylaws. The Lottery Ordinance 1909 regulates the Wega di Number (Numbers Lottery, Pick 2, 3 and 4), Lotto, Scratch Lottery and Lottery of Goods. As of March 2017 the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is charged with the authority to grant, amend, suspend and revoke lottery of goods licenses, as such issues additional guidelines that form an inherent part of the lottery of goods license requirements (e.g. regulation, minimum internal control standards, technical standards, responsible gaming guidelines).

License Application

To apply for a lottery of goods license, download the Lottery of Goods License Application Form. After filling out and signing the form, submit the form together with all required documentation to the Gaming Control Board.

Download Lottery of Goods License Application Form

Lottery of Goods License FAQs

A lottery of goods is a lottery with the following characteristics:
• the prizes do not consist of money or monetary paper.
• all prizes that have been announced, must be awarded.

General license conditions:
The proceeds of the game may only be used
• to realize a charitable objective, or
• for the promotion of culture, the sciences, the arts or other general interests.

Associations and foundations that have legal personality and statutory objectives, that meet the legal requirements.

Yes. The maximum gross revenue that the sale of lottery tickets yields has been legally determined at NAf 200,000.

This is dependent on the maximum gross revenue, that the lottery organizer aims for, and the ticket price.

Max. Gross revenue / Ticket price = Max. nr. of tickets.

NAf 100,000 / NAf 10 = Max. 10,000 tickets

At least 40% of the total gross value of all lottery tickets (maximum gross revenue that the lottery organizer aims for) must be returned in prizes to the participants.

NAf 100.000 in lottery tickets = at least NAf 40.000 in prizes.

In a lottery of goods the prizes consist solely of goods. The prizes may not consist of money or monetary paper, such as checks, debit cards, (prepaid) credit cards and savings accounts that allow withdrawals within one year of the drawing.

Yes, the following guarantees must be provided:

• a guarantee for the payment and delivery of the prizes: a guarantee to the satisfaction of the GCB, for example a bank guarantee with an expiration date of six months after the drawing for the amount of the total prize package;

• a guarantee for compliance with the lottery of goods license requirements: a deposit of 5% of the gross revenue of all tickets, with a minimum of NAf 500. If the licensee is found to be non-compliant, this deposit will not be refunded.

The applicant must prepay the license fee of 10% of the gross revenue of all tickets to the Government of Curaçao.

a lottery of goods with a gross revenue of NAf 100,000 yields a license fee of NAf 10,000 for Curaçao.

The license applicant must also submit 2 adhesive stamps (“plakzegels”) with the license application, one of NAf 10 for the application itself and one of NAf 20 for the license.

Together with the license application, the applicant should submit a draft print of the lottery tickets. The lottery tickets should, at a minimum, comply with the following:

• the tickets must be consecutively numbered;
• each ticket must show:
 - the license number, the text required by the GCB and the date of the license;
 - the name of the licensee;
 - the drawing date;
 - the prizes;
 - a statement that the prize that remains unclaimed six (6) months after the drawing date, will be forfeited to the licensee.

All legitimate lottery of goods tickets carry the GCB stamp. A lottery ticket that lacks any or all of the above information or the GCB stamp belongs to an illegal lottery.

Yes. Lottery tickets may not be sold to people younger than 18 years old. Should the winner turn out to be a minor, the prize will not be awarded.

It is also prohibited to use minors for the tickets sales.

The Minister of Justice determines the ways and means by which the lottery draw takes place.

In a Lottery of Goods, all prizes must be awarded. To ensure this, every lottery of goods requires its own lottery draw and using the drawings of other lotteries such as the Wega di Number, the Landsloterij or any other lottery is therefore strictly prohibited.

The drawing takes place in the presence of the Minister of Justice or of a civil servant appointed by him.

• Only after presentation of the required guarantees with regard to the prizes and compliance with the license requirements and the proof of payment of the license fee due, will it be possible for the drawing to take place.
• The licensee must publicly announce the date, time and place of the drawing at least 8 days in advance.
• The drawing is a public event.
• The drawing takes place in the manner stipulated in the license.
• The civil servant  tasked with the drawing, drafts an official report of the numbers drawn and the corresponding prizes.
• The licensee must publicly announce the results of the drawing within 24 hours.

The licensee is obligated to maintain adequate financial accounting of the ticket sales and expenses, including the prizes issued.

The licensee is required to submit to the GCB, within 2 months of the drawing, a financial report of the lottery of goods in accordance with the guidelines. The GCB will submit this financial report to the Stichting Overheidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB) for their review. Non-compliance with this obligation will lead to forfeiture of the deposit. In addition, it may have negative consequences for future license applications. A positive review by the SOAB will result in restitution of the deposit for compliance with the license requirements.

In a lottery of goods all prizes must be awarded. Unsold, lost or stolen tickets are excluded from the drawing. The licensee must report lost and stolen tickets to the police; an official police report thereof must be obtained.

The unsold tickets and copies of the official police reports of the lost and/or stolen tickets, accompanied by a clearly legible list of all these ticket numbers, must be submitted to the civil servant tasked with the drawing 24 hours prior to the drawing, at the latest. The civil servant authenticates this list and marks the unsold tickets for destruction.