Lithuania is a unitary state. Law on Games of 17 May 2001 (No IX-325) establishes the conditions and procedure for the operation of gaming in the Republic of Lithuania. Furthermore, the Law on lotteries of 1 July 2003 (No IX-1661) regulates the conditions and procedure for operating lotteries in the country. The purpose of the Law on Lotteries is to ensure the fulfilment of obligations undertaken by lottery operators in respect of players and to ensure the protection of the rights of players and lottery operators.
Gaming licences shall be issued by the State Gaming Control Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “Control Commission”). Prior to issuing a gaming licence, the Control Commission must receive the conclusions of the State Security Department, the Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior, the Special Investigation Service and the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior.
According to the Gaming Law there are different types of gaming licences and they can be issued to operate: 1) table games and category A machine gaming; 2) category B machine gaming; 3) bingo; 4) totalisator; 5) betting. A single company may be issued all types of licences. Gaming shall be operated by public and private companies which act in accordance with the procedure established by the Lithuanian Company Law and which have obtained a licence to carry out this activity and permits to open gaming machine halls, bingo halls and gaming establishments (casinos) or when the Control Commission approves totalisator or betting regulations.
games by gaming machines of category A are played when tokens are inserted into the gaming machine and the winnings are paid out in tokens by the machine. The result of the game and the amount of winnings are determined by the gaming machine; – games by gaming machines of category B are played when coins and (or) tokens are inserted into a gaming machine and the winnings are paid out in money or tokens. The result of the game and the amount of winnings are determined by the gaming machine.
is a game which is played with cards bearing numbers and a scoreboard; the amount of winnings depends on the total amount of stakes and the combination of numbers selected at random. The total bingo winnings fund shall comprise at least 50 percent of the total amount of stakes.
roulette is a game which is played by guessing in which slot a ball dropped on a spinning wheel will stop; the amount of winnings depends on the total amount of stakes and the winning ratio fixed in advance;
card or dice game is played when the winner and the amount of winnings is determined on the basis of symbols of the cards dealt or the score of dice.
is a game which is played by guessing the result of a sporting event where the amount of winnings depends on the ratio between the bet size fixed in advance by totalisator operators and the winnings fund. The total totalisator winnings fund shall comprise at least 50 percent of the total amount of the bets made.
means mutual betting on the outcome of an event based on guessing where the amount of winnings depends on the amount of the bet made and the betting ratio fixed in advance by the betting intermediary.
The Law on Lotteries of 1 July 2003 (No IX-1661) divides lotteries according to their scale into national and local lotteries.According to their nature lotteries are divided by this Law into: