Is your world cup sweepstake legal?
Now I expect like me many of you have entered a sweep-stake of some sort either at work, your local pub or even your local shop. But I was surprised to learn that you could be breaking the law without you even realising it, why? Well apparently sweepstakes fall under the gambling act 2005.
After looking at it, I can say this…the law surrounding sweep-stakes is very complex! I was going to try and explain it all to you, but to be honest I cant make nor tail of it, but you can read the rules here.
I am all for staying on the right side of the law, but I do think the law can stretch too far sometimes, and this is a perfect example. There are always going to be those that will try damn hard to ruin others fun, but are you really going to let Neil from accounts come down in his knitted sweater waving the gambling act in front of you? No of course not.
I suggest reading the rules to make sure your not doing anything serious, but to be honest just enjoy the world cup for what it is, a raucous occasion full of patriotism, boozing and getting angry when Rooney gets kicked in the nuts by Ronaldo, and of course having a flutter.
I have included a link so you can download a free sweepstake form, enjoy!