Gambling in Botswana

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.  A mid-sized country of just over 2.25 million (2016), Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.  Its capital is Gaborone.  The official language is English.
Radio is the most popular form of communication in Botswana.  The Internet penetration rate is low as there were only 0.62 million users connected to the Internet in 2012.
Gambling is legal and regulated in Botswana.  Before 2012 two laws regulated gambling in the nation: the Lotteries and Betting Act and the Casino Act.  In accordance with the laws, license is required to operate gambling in Botswana.
Online gambling is not regulated in Botswana.  The new, 2012 regulation of gambling still does not mention online gambling anywhere.  If the Botswana government seeks to create up-to-date gambling legislation, they would do well to include online gambling in any future gambling laws.
The 2012 Gambling Act allows for both private lotteries and a national lottery in Botswana.  However, private lotteries may only be operated on a non-profit basis.  There is no word on whether any private lottery licenses have been given out yet.  The establishment of a national lottery has been initiated with the aim of funding cultural and sports programs, but no national lottery is in operation yet.
Online lottery is illegal and not regulated in Botswana.  As a result of the lack of regulation, gamblers of Botswana are free to wager in any international online lottery draws.
Sports betting is legal and regulated by the 2012 Gambling Act.  The most popular sport to bet on is football. 
Online sports betting is not regulated in Botswana and there are no laws and regulation referring online sports betting under Botswana’s gambling regulation act.  As a result, gamblers in Botswana can freely participate on any foreign online sports betting site available to them.
Casino is legal.  There are 7 cities with gambling facilities in Botswana, which have 9 legal gambling facilities in total.  The largest gambling city in Botswana is Gaborone with 3 gambling facilities, 25 table games, 361 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
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