Online casinos are illegal in the country, according to a misdemeanour law. However, there is a legal loophole that allows Brazilians to wager on foreign websites. Punters are not breaking any rules as long as the websites are legal in their respective locations.
Since lottery games are monopolized by Caixa, there is no licensing mechanism. State lotteries are currently figuring out their regulatory model and interaction with the private sector.
Caixa frequently holds tenders to appoint lottery booth operators. These are tasked with selling lottery tickets as well as providing certain banking services. Caixa has put in place a number of restrictions on online casino operators. These have been through circulars that have been approved by the bank's Superintendent of Lottery and Games.
There are defined social responsibility standards for gaming activities. Caixa has established a responsible gambling program to match its lottery procedures with the most acceptable gaming practices around the world.
The Consumer Code states that gambling operators must follow principles of good faith, fair terms, and good practices. They must be in line with other concepts that assure fairness in consumer relations. These include not exploiting consumers' weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
Any betting activities are considered contracts under Brazil's Civil Code. Only players over the age of 18 are permitted to wager.