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JOY Burch has announced restrictions will be introduced on the hours that lottery products can be sold to avoid having them available in retail shops 24 hours a day.
From Monday 7 September 2015, the hours of sale for lottery products in the ACT will be restricted to between 5:00am and 9:00pm every day.
“I was concerned that lottery products were going to be available for sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Joy said.
“I believe the community would consider this to be inappropriate, as no other gambling product in the ACT is available through retail shops at all hours of the night.
“I know from my discussions with newsagents that they were also concerned about the unfair advantage 24 hour lottery product trade would give to service stations.
“That is why I have instructed the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission to take this regulatory action.
“As Minister, I will continue to monitor this situation to ensure harm minimisation is being maintained in the sale of lottery products.”