The Home Affairs Bureau is responsible for formulating gambling
policy and monitoring its implementation. Hitherto, the gambling
policy is to restrict gambling opportunities to a limited
number of authorized and regulated outlets. At present, such
authorized gambling outlets include horse racing organized
by the Hong Kong Jockey Club , the Mark Six Lottery, authorized
football betting and gaming activities authorized by the public officer appointed by the Secretary for Home Affairs under the Gambling Ordinance (Cap. 148) (e.g. mahjong parlours).
The rationale behind this policy is two-fold. First, while
we recognize that there is always a demand for gambling, the
conduct of gambling activities should be authorized and regulated.
This is because unregulated gambling activities can lead to
a number of social problems - frauds, underage gambling, loan
sharking, etc. - and become a potential source of income for
triad and criminal activities. Second, since it is impossible
to reconcile the different views in the community on the extent
to which authorized gambling outlets should be allowed to
exist, a compromise approach is to allow only a limited number
of authorized gambling outlets, the purpose of which is to
satisfy substantial and persistent public demand for gambling
which would otherwise turn to illegal operators.
Under the Gambling Ordinance (Cap. 148), all gambling activities
are illegal except those expressly authorized by the Government
under the Betting Duty Ordinance (Cap. 108) (i.e. authorized
horse racing, authorized football betting and the Mark Six
Lottery), those licensed by the public officers appointed by the Secretary for Home Affairs (e.g. mahjong parlours)
and those exempted under Section 3 of the Gambling Ordinance
(mainly social gambling).
Betting and Lotteries Commission
With effect from 15 August 2006, the name of the Football
Betting and Lotteries Commission was changed to the Betting
and Lotteries Commission, and the functions of the Commission
expanded to include advising the Secretary for Home Affairs
on the regulation of the conduct of betting on horse racing
as well as compliance with licensing conditions by the licensee.
Details of the terms of reference and membership of the Commission
are as follows :
Terms of reference
To advise the Secretary for Home Affairs on the following
- regulation of the conduct of horse race betting, football
betting and lotteries in accordance with the provisions
of the Betting Duty Ordinance and the licensing conditions;
- compliance with the licensing conditions by the licensees;
- handling of public complaints relating to the compliance
of the licensing conditions by the licensees;
- imposition of financial penalties on the licensees; and
- issuance and revocation of horse race betting, football
betting and lottery licences; and variation of the conditions
of such licences.
Mr FONG Man-hung, David, BBS, JP
Ms CHIU Wing-kwan, Winnie, JP
Mr FOK Kai-kong, Kenneth, JP
Rev HO Chi-dik
Ms HO Yee-lin, Elaine
Ms LEUNG Fung-yee, Fonnie
Ms LU Hai, MH, JP
Ms MAN Yee-wai, Viola, BBS
Dr NG Chui-yiu, Jennifer, JP
Hon WAN Siu-kin, Andrew
Mr WONG Chor-fung, David
Commissioner of Police or his representative
Permanent Secretary for Education or his representative
Director of Home Affairs or her representative
Meeting of the Commission
Complaints and comments
If you have any complaints and comments regarding the regulation
of authorized betting and lotteries, please contact us through
the following channels:
||Fax: 2591 6002
||Mail: Civic Affairs Division (3), Home Affairs Bureau, 13/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.
||Telephone: 2591 6690
The Ping Wo Fund
The Government established The Ping Wo Fund in September
2003 to finance preventive and remedial measures to address
the gambling-related problems. From 2015/16,
the Hong Kong Jockey Club has undertaken to contribute $45
million each year within a four-year period. The Fund also
welcomes donations from the public. For cheque and cash donations:
- Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) account
number “502-407851-001”. Cheques should be made payable to
“The Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated – The Ping Wo
Fund”. For more details of the Fund and the programme schedules, please visit http://www.donotgamble.org.hk.
The major ambits of The Ping Wo Fund are to finance the following
- research and studies into problems and issues relating
- public education and other measures to prevent or alleviate
problems relating to gambling;
- counselling, treatment and other remedial or support services
for problem and pathological gamblers and those affected by
A Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee has been established to
give advice on the use and application of the Fund. The membership
of the Committee is as follows:
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, B.B.S., M.H., J.P.
Representative of Secretary for Home Affairs
Representative of Secretary for Education
Representative of Director of Social Welfare
Mr CHAN Chun-chung
Mr CHAN Ho-ting, Mac
Ms CHAN Wing-man
Ms CHE Huey-sze, Denise
Dr CHEN Yuk-lun, Ronald
Ms CHENG Michelle
Mr CHIU Ka-yin, Andrew
Mr CHONG Yan-kit, Sam
Miss HO Ching-wai, Cherence
Ms LEUNG Fung-yee, Fonnie
Mr LING Ho-wan, Howard
Miss WONG Sze-sze
Mr YEUNG Chee Tat, Stanley, J.P.
Meeting of the Advisory Committee
Research and studies on gambling-related issues and problems
We have commissioned academic institutes to conduct research and studies on Hong Kong People's participation in gambling activities. (for report, press here ).
Counselling and treatment as well as other remedial services for gamblers with gambling disorder
Four dedicated counselling and treatment centres for gamblers with gambling disorder financed by The Ping Wo Fund are being operated by
the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals,
Zion Social Service Limited and
Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service respectively. The first two centres operated by Caritas and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals commenced service since October 2003 whereas the two other centres operated by Zion Social Service Limited and Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service commenced service in 2007 and 2010 respectively. The four centres also provide gambling counselling hotline service (telephone number: 1834 633).
The four centres provide specialised counselling and treatment services for gamblers with gambling disorder and their family members. The four centres will also facilitate the development of the best practices for remedial services and screening of gamblers with gambling disorder in Hong Kong, and collect data and statistics for the sake of enhancing understanding about the behaviour and risk factors of gamblers with gambling disorder.
Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme
The Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme, administered by the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee, aims to provide sponsorship to community organisations to organise public education programmes/activities to prevent and alleviate gambling-related problems. Details of the Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme 2018/19 are to be announced.
Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants
The Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants administered by the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee aims to provide sponsorship to schools to organize educational projects/ activities on prevention or alleviation of gambling-related problems among students.
Details of the Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants 2018-19 are to be announced.
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