Taking part in an illegal lottery is a gamble

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ANGUILLA — It has come to the attention of the Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF) that many persons in Anguilla are operating, holding or being concerned with the running of an illegal lottery.

The RAPF is hereby warning residents of Anguilla and visitors alike that playing the illegal lottery is gambling as proscribed by section 346 (1) of the Criminal Code, Revised Statutes of Anguilla, Chapter C140.

The police wishes to advise persons involved that, if they are caught operating, holding, being concerned or taking part in the illegal lottery, they will be prosecuted for the offence of gambling.  Additionally, cash seizure proceedings and forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Revised Statutes of Anguilla, Chapter P98 (POCA) will be applied against all money and assets derived from the illegal act.

Cases have also been reported where patrons have not been paid their winnings or prize following their participation in the illegal lottery.

Commissioner of Police states that: “Playing the illegal Spanish Lottery is a lottery in itself. You may lose more than you win. This practice creates a false expectation of success. The monies involved are considered Proceeds of Crime and the RAPF will seek to seize such monies and obtain forfeiture orders.”