The landscape of lotteries in Austria is likely to change in the future as scope opens for other companies to obtain licenses. There are also plans to establish a gambling regulator that may have an impact on the way that lotteries are run and used.
In Austria, gambling of one sort or another has been around for a few hundred years and the Genova lottery started life in Austria in 1751. It was first run by a private company, but a few years later the government took over the company and they have been responsible for running it ever since. While other types of gambling have been legal and illegal at different times, lotteries have never been illegal and it is unlikely that this will change.
The GSpG was created in 1986 to centralize lotteries and keep them all operating under the same brand. It also takes responsibility for some casino and sports betting. The Austrian Government created the Austrian Gambling Act, which is responsible for regulating the industry. In 1990 the only license for running a lottery was given to Austrian Lotteries and they have retained this ever since.
Over the years a few different lottery games have been developed and as a result players have access to several different lotteries, including the Lucky Day lottery and the standard 6/45, which is one of the most popular lotteries in the country, running twice a week.