As Coronavirus Shuts Down Sporting Events, What Can You Bet On Online?

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) causing public gatherings such as music festivals, Broadway shows and sporting events to be cancelled, we once again see that playing the lottery online and betting on your favourite sport can be done online.

Just because the Coronavirus is keeping you away from standing in a queue to buy lottery tickets, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on playing your favourite international lotto game in the comfort of your home and let’s face it – it’s a lot safer!

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Here’s a look at some major events around the world that have been affected by the Pandemic:

Broadway shows cancelled

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced gatherings with 500 people or more are no longer permitted in the Empire State.


CinemaCon 2020, originally scheduled for March 30 - April 2 in Las Vegas, has also been cancelled. The convention features distributors and exhibitors presenting upcoming films as a preview for the summer movie season.

Movie releases delayed

Sony, Paramount, STX, Disney, and Universal have all delayed the release of several feature films. Some of the movies include F9, No Time to Die, Lovebirds, Mulan, The New Mutants, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and A Quiet Place Part II.

Concert Tours Cancelled

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam has postponed their North American leg of its tour, which was scheduled to start March 13 in Toronto.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne has also cancelled multiple tour dates throughout Europe in March and April.

Green Day

Green Day postponed their "Hella Mega" tour dates in Asia "due to the health + travel concerns with Coronavirus."

Blake Shelton

Country singer, Blake Shelton has also postponed his "Friends and Heroes."

Vacation Destinations

Disney resorts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo

The Tokyo Disney resort said it would close until March 15 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Disney theme parks in Shanghai have been closed since January 24 and Hong Kong Disney attractions since January 25.

Disneyland – California

Disneyland announced that it would close for the remainder of March. This is only the fourth time in history the California Park has closed.

Disney World – Orlando, Florida

A few hours after announcing Disneyland's closing, Disney announced that the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and the Disneyland Paris Resort will also be closing on March 15. The Disney Cruise Line suspended all new departures on March 14th.

Universal Studios and SeaWorld also temporarily closed all their theme parks effective Monday, March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology conferences

E3, the world's biggest gaming convention, has been cancelled. Microsoft and Ubisoft will showcase their games online instead.

Other conferences that cancelled are; Facebook Global Marketing Summit and F8 conference; Google I/O and Cloud Next; Google News Initiative; Mobile World Congress and Games Developer Conference.

St. Patrick's Day Parades postponed

For the first time ever, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City has been cancelled. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that since 1762, the parade draws up to 2 million spectators and about 150,000 parade participants. However, in light of the pandemic, the parade and the annual practice of dyeing the river green would have to be cancelled.

Sporting Events

NBA - Organisers suspended its season abruptly on Wednesday "until further notice."

PGA Golf - The Tour has been cancelled after the first round.

F1 Grand Prix - Australian Grand Prix cancelled. The news followed McLaren’s withdrawal from the race on Thursday, after one of their team members tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Geneva International Auto Show - Scheduled to take place on March 5, the event was also cancelled. Switzerland, borders northern Italy, which has seen the largest cluster of cases in Europe.

England: Premier League -
The English Premier League has postponed their season until at least April 4. The league had previously postponed the Manchester City vs. Arsenal match after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for Coronavirus.

Looking at the world news headlines over the past couple of days, headlines are reading, “Coronavirus is forcing the biggest global sports shutdown since World War II,” “Coronavirus: How the virus has impacted sporting events,” “School, sports, work and travel: Here's what is cancelled.”

The Coronavirus hasn’t just had a massive impact on all aspects of our lives but the FTSE, Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nikkei have all seen sharp falls since the outbreak began.

The global Coronavirus pandemic has hit world sporting events hard as these events draw in a large number of fans.

There’s no telling how long this will last or the growing impact it will have on the global economy.

All this goes for online sportsbooks and casinos as well.

The Premier League announced Friday that it has suspended its season until at least April 3. The Champions League and Europa League also suspended play on Friday.

Augusta National Golf Club announced that it was postponing The Masters, scheduled for April 9-12 and the PGA Tour announced it was cancelling events.

The need for recreation and escape could reach all-time highs as social distancing becomes the norm in the coming days and months. So, where will bettors turn with drastically fewer options? Online of course.

Betting online

With social special distancing at an all-time high, there will be a surge in online betting when it comes to sports, casino and buying lottery tickets in the coming weeks and months.

With the industry having beefed up considerably in recent years and the Online Gambling Market Report recently estimating the market would be valued at $87.75 billion by the end of 2024, with the pandemic in place this estimate will grow even faster.

Casinos Take Caution With Coronavirus

Land-based casinos are obviously also being hit hard due to the fact that so many frequent their premises. The Wildhorse Resort & Casino briefly shut down after one of its employees tested positive for Coronavirus. However, it has since re-opened.

So far, most Las Vegas casinos have remained open for business.

Online casino games are extremely popular and thankfully there are a large number of online sites available.

Online casino participants will grow in the coming weeks.

David G. Schwartz, Gaming historian and UNLV professor, said that a lot could change in the online betting industry as the Coronavirus situation develops. He said that he remains optimistic about the future, even if more temporary land-based casino shutdowns follow.

“I think the industry has always been pretty resilient and people are resilient,” Schwartz said. “There might be some short-term adversity, but I think people are going to bounce back.”

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A message to our players

We at would like to wish all our registered lottery players, their friends and families good health during this unfortunate period. Stay safe, wash your hands and make sure you don’t miss out on all our amazing offers online.

Remember, just like playing the lottery, you can’t conquer what you don’t confront. So it’s our hope that all our players stay safe and continue to enjoy all the wonderful promotions coming your way during the coming weeks to keep you looking forward to an amazing future.


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