Land-based Gaming

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.

National Lottery

The National Lottery was set up as a Government monopoly in 1934. Prior to February 2004, all National Lottery games fell under the responsibility of the Public Lotto Department. However, in February 2004, Maltco Lotteries Limited was awarded an exclusive licence to operate all the National Lottery games. This licence was valid for seven years, with the proviso of an additional year.

In October 2011, an international public tender for the concession rights of the National Lottery Games, namely Lotto, Super 5 and the Grand Lottery was published. Two bidders responded to the call and Maltco Lotteries emerged as the successful bidder and in June 2012, Maltco Lotteries Limited was awarded a 10-year concession by the Government of Malta and a 10-year licence granted by the Malta Gaming Authority, at the time known as the Lotteries and Gaming Authority. The second National Lottery Licence started to apply as from July 5, 2012.