Remote workers are being warned they could face JAIL if they enter the Euro 2024 lottery

Remote workers who enter office betting during Euro 2024 may be breaking the law.

The highly-anticipated tournament kicks off on Friday night in Munich, where hosts Germany take on Scotland in the opening game.

Office betting will be commonplace across Europe as workers seek to maximize their enjoyment of the competition.

A sweepstake, especially popular in horse racing, is a form of gambling in which everyone pays a small amount of money and is given a contestant’s name before the competition.

If your assigned team goes all the way, you’ll receive a prize, which is usually a monetary amount of money earned by entering.

Most adults have participated in one of these at some point in their lives, and most have never given the legality a moment’s thought.

But Felix Faulkner, a solicitor for gambling license company Popplestone Allen, says remote workers could find themselves in trouble if they take part in one this summer.

This is because participating in the lottery is illegal unless you are there to physically witness the draw, otherwise you could face a £5,000 fine or 51 weeks in prison.

There are a number of guidelines that businesses should follow to stay compliant.

All players must work in the same physical office, which means lotteries cannot be run in multiple offices

The draw must take place physically on business premises – meaning if you work from home you cannot enter until you enter the office.

All participants must pay the same price and prize money cannot be transferred to another game.

The rights associated with the ticket cannot be transferred to another person after purchase

The organizers may deduct reasonable expenses from the proceeds to cover the cost of prizes and tickets

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The law for what is permitted is governed by the Gambling Act 2005, with the Gambling Commission publishing guidance on regulations relating to fundraising, raffles and lotteries.

Spokesman Poppleston Allen said: “Ultimately, running an illegal lottery is an offense and you could face prosecution. The maximum penalty for a breach is 51 weeks in prison or a £5,000 fine.’

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