National Lottery: Why Ireland's regulator says it's not the same as normal gambling

The body overseeing the lotto argued tighter controls create a difference

The offices of the National Lottery. Picture: Getty

Nearly 10 years after the government first published rules in the area, Ireland is finally set to get a gambling regulator.

With the head of the Gambling Regulatory Authority appointed in September, and the body set to begin operating next year, its existence has led to a somewhat philosophical question - what qualifies as gambling?

In an Irish context, this then throws up two further questions - does the National Lottery count as gambling? And ...