The state-owned Bulgarian Sports Totalisator (BST) has been granted a lottery monopoly, after a bill filed in January this year was published in the country’s Official Gazette. BST tickets will only be available from licensed outlets, which must be at least 300 meters away from schools, as set out in the bill.
This amendment to the 2012 Gambling Law was promoted by Valeri Simenov, a member of the National Front for Salvation Party, in January. The Bulgarian parliament passed the bill on 7 February, meaning that all private lottery operators will now have to pull their products from the market within three months.
Unsold lottery tickets and coupons must be destroyed by 31 December, 2020. Draw-based games such as raffles, keno and bingo are still allowed as activity for private operators.