Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso do Sul approves recreation of Lotesul
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On Wednesday, 25, the Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso do Sul (Alesms) approved the Bill 211/2020, which provides for the recreate of the state lottery, Lotesul. The proposal registered 19 votes in favor and none against. Hours before, the text was submitted for evaluation by the Constitution, Justice and Writing Commission (CCJR).

According to Correio do Esporte, the Lotesul project was detailed at the House in July, receiving two parliamentary amendments. The text modifies State Law 4,640, of December 24, 2014. If sanctioned, the Mato Grosso state lottery will return to operation after 15 years.

Previously, the lottery controlled betting and other game categories in the state. Now, the idea is for the management to stay with the State Department of Finance (Sefaz). According to the proposal, the service will be restricted to the state territory and will not provide game modalities different from those contemplated in federal legislation.

Players will be able to place their bets both in physical locations and online channels. Although restricted to Mato Grosso do Sul, the online modality will allow the sale of bets to people in other parts of Brazil, since the project only establishes that the lottery seller must be over 18 years old and reside in the state.

Lotesul’s resources will be allocated to social security, sports and other areas

The motivation presented by Governor Reinaldo Azambuja in the project to recreate the state lottery is that the amounts obtained with the bets will be destined for social security. In addition, the resources will also help fund sports, education, social development and housing projects.

The complete regulation must be carried out by the State, however, the opening of additional credit of up to R$ 146,000 is already foreseen, an amount considered necessary for the implementation of the project. “In this aspect, the regulation of the state lottery service has a relevant economic and social importance,” said the state governor.