Tatts Lotteries – Possible Class Action for Consumers
If you believe your financial well being has been impacted by Tatts lotteries, I am interested to hear from you. Depending on the numbers involved, I am presently evaluating whether a class action may be possible to raise grievances.
These grievances are (but not limited to):
- Misleading advertising for Tatts lotteries (online, at outlets, on billboards / bus stops etc.) – primarily; that lotteries are advertised in such a way (using imagery) to millions of people who buy a ticket, whereas the vast majority of those consumers will never actually receive such as a result of purchasing the promoted product; and, that such advertisements do not clearly promote the product in a way that it will perform for the majority of purchasers;
- Failure to disclose vital information that consumers require to make an informed decision; most importantly, that Tatts heavily promotes the selected (and very small number of) ‘winners’ whilst at no time publishes any information regarding how many ‘losers’ there are for any particular draw; the intentional withholding of information on losers serves to disenfranchise and disempower the vast majority of purchasers who are, in fact, losers, putting them into a cycle of additional purchases which they may otherwise avoid if it was clearly known how many other millions of players also lost and the relative percentage between those who come out ‘in front’ versus those who have lost money (in some cases, thousands of dollars); failure to publish information on losers, whilst actively promoting winners, again is misleading advertising in my opinion;
- Promotion of statistical/mathematical odds that purposefully create a misconception in the consumer’s mind as to the likely performance of the product they are purchasing; and such odds are published without any caveat as to their worthiness nor warning that those odds are indicative and actual odds both vary from game to game, and may over any period of time be significantly worse than what is published. Where odds return significantly deviate from those under which it was sold as (product specification / performance), I believe the consumer has every right to request a refund of said product (being tickets purchased).
I intend to explore these issues from a Consumer Law point of view, rather than a Gambling Code/Regulation point of view. Regardless of the fact these are lotteries governed by gambling rules, they are also clearly consumer products being sold in Australian territories and, in my opinion, should be bound by the same expectations (in terms of advertising, performance of product, and so forth) as any other consumer purchased goods.
This point of view is further enforced, in my opinion, by the fact that Tatts Group has listed as a public company, and trades on the stock market alongside other publicly listed companies that are governed by a standard set of laws and expectations that exist
To support any claim, it is important that you keep every ticket (winning and losing) from Tatts lotteries that you play, that such tickets may be rendered as evidence in support of item (3) above.
I will update this page further in the near future as I find out more about whether a case does indeed exist, and what avenues/forums are available from which to pursue it most appropriately.