I move amendment No. 6:—
In page 9, to delete Section 24, lines 26 to 38, inclusive, and substitute:—
A lottery shall not be unlawful if—
(i) it is promoted as part of a circus or other travelling show on a day on which under Section 6 gaming is permitted, or
(ii) it is promoted as part of a carnival, bazaar, sports meeting, local festival, exhibition or other like event on a day on which under Section 7 gaming is permitted and the persons arranging for the holding of the event derive no personal profit from the event or from the lottery, or (iii) it is promoted by the licensee of a licensed amusement hall or funfair as part of the entertainment therein, and
(b) the tickets are not sold outside the place or premises where the event is in progress, and
(c) they are sold only on the same day as the draw and announcement of results, and
(d) the price of each ticket is not more than sixpence, and
(e) no person may win more than the value of ten shillings in the lottery, and
(f) neither taking part in nor the result of the lottery entitles the participant to take part in any other lottery or game or otherwise to receive or be eligible to compete for any money or money's worth.
As Deputies will recollect, there were suggestions on the Committee Stage that, in moving amendment No. 35, dealing with lotteries at circuses, carnivals and licensed amusement halls, I was in some way departing from the general principles of the Bill. I have had the whole matter reexamined and I am satisfied that there has been no departure from general principles. Perhaps an explanation of this amendment, which I am moving now and which involves the deletion of Section 24, will clear the air.
The promotion of games of chance in Parts II and III of this Bill is permitted for stakes not exceeding 6d. and prizes not exceeding 10/-; that is under Section 6 for commercial purposes, Section 7 for purposes other than private profit and Section 13 for commercial purposes also. This amendment will permit the promotion of lotteries under Part IV of the Bill for tickets priced not more than 6d.; and prizes not exceeding 10/- in the identical circumstances of Sections 6, 7 and 13 of Parts II and III of the Bill.
It was, of course, a defect originally in Section 23 of the Bill that there was no limitation on the price of tickets; and the amendment moved on the Committee Stage sought to give effect to our second thoughts. Deputies should get out of their heads that there is a departure from the principles enunciated in the Second Reading in now allowing lotteries at circuses and licensed halls. These lotteries, with stakes not exceeding 6d. and prizes of not more than 10/-, do not differ in any essential from the games of chance for like amounts. A lottery on the wheel-of-fortune is almost indistinguishable in its results from the collective game of pongo; and there is no good reason why the one should not be allowed as well as the other so long as the stakes are kept so low as not to bring about the quick expenditure of all the players ready cash and the prizes are not so high as to be a compelling inducement to try to "get rich quick".