Land-based Gaming refers to gaming activities that take place within physical premises.
Although casinos are licensed by the MGA, the licence is conditional on a concession which can only be granted by the Government. Casinos are also subject to the scrutiny of the MGA’s inspectors on a daily basis in order to ensure that the games are run fairly and according to law.
Commercial Bingo Halls
Commercial Bingo, also known in Malta, as Tombola, is based on the Spanish game of Bingo. The numbers range from 1 (one) to 90 (ninety) and participants can win cash for the line, house or progressive jackpot.
Controlled Gaming Premises
Controlled Gaming Premises are premises intended to make available for use, to host or operate one or more gaming devices, but shall not include premises in which gaming is carried out in virtue of a concession by Government, or premises in which the only gaming which is carried out consists in tombola games.
Malta’s National Lottery was set up as a government monopoly in 1934. Prior to February 2004, all National Lottery Games, namely the Lotto, Super 5 and the Grand Lottery fell under the responsibility of the Public Lotto Department. Today, the operation of the National Lottery is supervised and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (the “MGA” or the “Authority”), which is the entity responsible to ensure that all such operations are conducted in accordance with the Authority’s legislative framework.
In February 2004, Maltco Lotteries Limited was awarded an exclusive National Lottery Licence to operate the National Lottery of Malta by the Authority, known at the time as the Lotteries and Gaming Authority. This licence was extended in 2012 following an international public tender won by Maltco for the Concession for the Rights of the National Lottery of Malta (the ‘Concession’) and expired on the 4th of July 2022.
Following another international public tender in 2021 for the rights to operate the National Lottery, the Maltese company National Lottery plc was granted the Concession by the Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands in March 2022, and was subsequently awarded the National Lottery Licence by the Authority on 05 July 2022, thus enabling the former to take over the operation of the National Lottery in Malta from the previous operator, Maltco Lotteries Limited. The National Lottery Licence shall be valid for a ten-year term until July 2032 and the MGA shall regulate and supervise the operations of National Lottery plc as the National Lottery Licensee.