Tag Archives: Camelot

Campaigners call for National Lottery restructuring due to good causes funds

Gambling reform advocates, including MPs, have called for an overhaul of the National Lottery – specifically in relation to the funding of good causes according to The Guardian. The outlet has reported that politicians such as Sir Iain Duncan Smith have called for a fixed percentage of the National Lottery operator’s revenue to be directed towards civic causes.   With the …

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Andrew Rhodes’ role at UKGC reportedly set to become permanent

Interim UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes is reportedly set to take on a more permanent role at the regulatory body, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the government has made the decision due to Rhodes’ commitment to cracking down on ‘recidivist behaviour’ by betting and gaming operators, ahead of the publishing of the 2005 Gambling Act …

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Flutter eyes Italian podium place with €1.9bn takeover of SISAL

Flutter Entertainment Plc has this morning announced that it has secured definitive terms to acquire Italian gambling group Sisal for a consideration of €1.9 billion (£1.62bn). An agreement has been reached with US private equity fund CVC Capital – the current owner of SIsal – which will see the Italian market leader in online and lottery verticals transferred to Flutter’s …

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Sazka Entertainment renamed Allwyn in global rebranding

In a global rebranding, Czech gambling group Sazka Entertainment will now conduct business under the corporate identity of Allwyn, the company name it has been using for its UK operations. As the largest lottery operator in Europe, the group operates its flagship Sazka holding in its domestic Czech market in addition to Lotteries Austria, OPAP in Greece and Cyprus and …

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DCMS opens Select Committee hearings on National Lottery funding and conduct performance 

A DCMS Select Committee will host its first hearing as an assessment of the National Lottery’s licence competition on Tuesday 30 November.  The hearing, hosted under the domain of “What Next for the National Lottery?” – will receive oral evidence on the performance of Camelot UK as the steward of the National Lottery raising funds for UK sports and good …

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Camelot attributes Tokyo Games for ‘highest-ever’ first-half lottery sales

Camelot has revealed that its H1 National Lottery ticket sales for the 2021/22 financial year were its ‘highest-ever’, attributing its success to the brand’s connection to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Publishing an update this morning, the National Lottery operator announced ticket sales of £3,961.4 million for the first six months of the year – covering 1 April …

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GambleAware nets £10.6m in H1 donations topped by bet365 and Entain

GambleAware has collected £10.6 million in industry donations and safer gambling pledges, taken in during the first half of the year. Publishing its first-half 2021 donations, received between April and September, GambleAware disclosed bet365 as its top patron donating a combined £4.2 million. bet365 is followed by Entain Plc and William Hill providing respective £2-and-£1 million in donations as GambleAware’s …

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Camelot receives cross-party MP criticism for app-based game shift

A group of MPs, from both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, have criticised National Lottery operator Camelot for shifting towards app-based games rather than traditional paper-slip draws. According to The Guardian, the parliamentarians have argued that app-based games such as instant win titles pose a higher risk of problem gambling to customers, whilst simultaneously reducing the amount of …

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Sisal files for Milan Borsa IPO seven years after first attempt

Sisal SPA, the operating company of Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery and Matchpoint betting shops, has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to list its business on the Milan Borsa Exchange.  Reuters reports that the CVC Capital owned gambling group has agreed to sell its shares to an unnamed private equity firm.   Although most of the firm’s revenues come from its …

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Allwyn commits full support to Levelling Up agenda

Allwyn, the UK corporate entity of SAZKA Group has announced it has signed up to Justine Greening’s Levelling Up Goals campaign to help promote equal opportunities in the UK. The Levelling Up Goals alliance brings together a variety of UK universities and businesses together to help track progress made in terms of equal opportunities for jobs in the UK. The partnership helps …

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