– The minimum gambling age in the Swiss Confederation is 18 years. Casino employees check a valid Passport, National Identity Card, or the casino’s loyalty card to verify certain data and are required to reject anyone with any financial or gambling problem. In fact, casinos make annual reports on their problem gambling measurements.
– Advertising, promoting, or marketing a gambling service is highly prohibited in Switzerland.
– By 1965, the Sport-Toto pari-mutuel betting operator had already generated more than CHF 100 million for charitable purposes.
– In 2016, Swisslos produced CHF 393 million in revenue and transferred CHF 216.8 million to the Cantonal Lottery Funds, CHF 24.85 to the Cantonal Offices of Sport, and CHF 10.65 million went to four sports associations: Swiss Football Association, Swiss Olympic, Hockey Leagues, and National Football.
– The first Swiss lottery – the Numbers Lottery – was created in 1970.
– The very first Swiss to ever win at least CHF one million in a gambling activity was in 1979.
– In December 2007, poker was declared a game of both skill and chance by the FGB.
– In 2003, Swisslos was established as a merger of the Interkantonale Landeslotterie (created in 1937), the Sport-Toto Association (created in 1938), and Berner Lotteriegenossenschaft SEVA (created in 1935). In the same year, Swisslos launched the Sporttip sports pool betting service. Currently, the company runs two sports betting services: Sporttip and Totogoal.
– In 2000, Swisslos started providing the Swiss Lotto online.
– Millionenlos is one of Swisslos’ most popular provisions. Ironically, the instant lotto – since its creation in 1999 – has been making at least a millionaire each year. In fact, the instant lotto made over 40 people millionaires in 2017. (The Millionenlos 2017 was provided in land-based outlets, online, via SMS, and via phone.)
– By 2009, the Swiss Lotto had already made 500 millionaires and celebrated the 500th millionaire.
– According to a recent Loterie Romande survey, 94 percent of the Romands know the operator, 86 percent trust it, 83 percent believe it is responsible, and 65 percent have-at any point in time-played at least one Loterie Romande game.
– The Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande is licensed according to the Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code. The company is of and for the six French-speaking cantons: Friborg, Geneva, Jura (joined in 1979), Neuchâtel, Valais, and Vaud.
– On March 11, 2012, 87 percent of the Swiss people supported the decision of the Swiss Federal Council to limit lottery operations to operators with charitable goals alone.
– Presently, Swiss lawmakers are preparing a brand new Act to supersede the role of the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting and should be effective by 2018.
– Loterie Romande pioneered scratch cards (or scratch tickets) with instant results in Europe in 1978.
– One of the country’s most popular lottery games, the Tribolo, was first organized as far back as 1987.
– Individually, Loterie Romande and Swisslos offer more than 10 provisions (sportsbooks, instant lotteries, etc.) Interestingly, the former operate horse racing bets within the six French-speaking cantons.
– Based on the fact that 100 percent of its revenues are allocated to public utility activities, Loterie Romande has donated more than CHF 3.6 billion for charitable deeds. In addition to charity, the company distributes its profits to culture, health and disability, youth, and education sectors.
– In addition to the Comlot, there are two government bodies for lotteries and betting: the Appeals Committee (Rekolot) and the Specialised Conference of Government Members Affected by the Law on Lotteries and the Lottery Market (created in July 2006).
– In May 2013, there were four consecutive big wins in Grand Casinò Baden in a course of four days. Accordingly, the prizes were CHF 23,852, CHF 40,235, 1kg of pure gold, and CHF 136,645.
– In January 2013, a couple won a jackpot of almost CHF 1.8 million while wagering on slot machines in Swiss Casinòs St. Gallen at Radisson Blu.
– Since its creation in 2006, professional poker players across Europe have been participating in the Swiss Open Poker Championship which takes place in September of each year.
– There are more than 269 gambling websites on which players from Switzerland can gamble.
– Statistically, 56 percent of the population participate in the Swiss lotteries frequently and 46 percent have at least once gambled in a casino.
– Casinò Barrière de Montreux has been renovated a number of times: in 1903, 1975, etc.
– Casinò Lugano – which publicly opened on November 29, 2002 – started off as a private society in 1804. At the time, the idea was to create a café with gaming rooms and there were three ‘occasional’ games: lottery-like Biribisso, the Bassetta card game, and dice.
– Bitcoin gambling is available in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Council recently declared cryptocurrency illegal due to instability, therefore Bitcoin gambling is illegal. But similar to online gambling, players from Switzerland can gamble on Bitcoin gambling websites without facing any penalty.
– Ironically, Type A casinos pay low taxes while Type B casinos are taxed at higher rates.
– In the town of Ruswil, the unique Cow Bingo game is widely participated in; a pitch is marked so it looks like a bingo card and cows are let into the pitch, players then bet on the field in which a particular cow will deposit its dung.
– The Swiss Confederation is not a member of the European Union, so the union cannot interfere with Swiss issues. If the Confederation was a member, the EU would have pressured the authorities to loosen its strict gambling laws like the cases of Sweden, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and France.