The amateur club in the west of Lausanne wanted to organize a lotto on Zoom to adapt to the health crisis. But the cantonal commercial police took their toll. The financial damage is considerable.
“We wanted to put a little animation in this gloomy period […] and support our partners, sponsors and advertisers, who are all traders and artisans in the region and who are also suffering. ” On their Facebook page, the leaders of FC Crissier do not hide their disappointment: the online lotto that they had planned this Sunday on the Zoom videoconferencing software will not be able to take place.
In question: a decision of the cantonal trade police (PCC), which considers that the approach falls into the same category as online casinos, reports “24 hours”. However, the PCC had initially given its approval to the project. Yannick Carrard, the initiator of the event, founded a specific company and invested in equipment, computer licenses and a secure payment system, for a total cost of around 10,000 francs.
Control of Loterie Romande
Other local companies expressed their interest, and lottery demonstrations were planned, explains the one who is a referee in his free time. But on January 4, he received another email from the PCC, stating that online lotto is in fact considered to be a large-scale lottery within the meaning of the federal law on gambling, and that in the French-speaking cantons, only Loterie Romande is authorized to organize them.
The organizers therefore decided to cancel the event, not without a pang of heart. “I wanted to organize all of this to help local companies while respecting health standards,” explains Yannick Carrard. In its Facebook post, FC Crissier makes an appointment with its regulars in person, when the health situation allows.
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