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The Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA) has imposed a penalty order on the National Postcode Lottery for offering online casino games without the appropriate licence.

The order, which is subject to periodic penalty payments, also applies to the Friends Lottery.

If the operators fail to remove the online games, they will be ordered to pay a penalty of €250k per week, up to a maximum of €1m.

According to the KSA, the National Postcode Lottery site featured RNG games including Deal or no Deal, Suitcase hunt, ONE against 50 and Move That Truck.

These games, which the regulator considered online games of chance, are not covered by the lottery licence of the National Postcode Lottery.

The same situation occurred on the Friends Lottery website powered by the VriendenLoterij, where games such as FriendsLottery Millionaires and Bingo Crush could be played.

Both parties have been issued with an order subject to periodic penalty payments to immediately cease this offer due to the absence of the correct regulatory permit.

Dutch gambling regulation only allows for lottery tickets to be sold online. It does not allow for online lottery game innovations.

“The KSA remains keen to ensure that lottery and online games of chance remain separate,” said the regulator in a statement.

An appeal can still be lodged against the KSA’s ruling.

The National Postcode Lottery is the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands. It is based in Amsterdam and was founded in 1989 by Novamedia.