Tag Archives: National Lottery

Camelot claims National Lottery loss will render business obsolete

Camelot’s case in the High Court continued this week, with the National Lottery operator maintaining its protests about the future direction of the contract.  A representative for the company reportedly informed the High Court that it would ‘cease to exist’ should the next ten-year licence for the National Lottery be awarded to Czech firm Allwyn.  Following a lengthy licence tender, …

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UKGC: National Lottery good causes funds fall 11% in latest quarter

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that the National Lottery’s Good Causes funding in Q4 fell in comparison to the previous quarter and last year.  Publishing an update on its website, the Commission showed that the total raised for good causes in Q4 (January-March 2022), was £491.3 million. This represented a decline of 3.4% from the previous quarter and …

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Northern & Shell joins Camelot challenge of National Lottery tender 

Northern & Shell Plc, the publishing group of Richard Desmond, will appeal the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) decision to award the 4th National Lottery operating contract to Allwyn Group.  According to a Financial Times report, Northern & Shell will join ousted incumbent Camelot UK in launching a High Court appeal against the UKGC’s decision to appoint Allwyn as National Lottery …

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UKGC accused of exploiting National Lottery ticket sales

Sir Iain Duncan Smith has hit out at the “appalling” decision by the UK Gambling Commission to pocket £154.8m from National Lottery ticket sales meant for charities. The former Leader of the Conservative Party, who is also Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling-Related Harm (APPG), delivered his reaction after The Mail on Sunday revealed the UKGC awarded itself £50m more than budgeted in order to cover administrative …

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Michael Dugher: BGC accepts new CAP rules but government must deliver a definitive advertising solution  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has stated that its members will support the introduction of tough new advertising laws banning the use of sports stars and celebrities announced by this week by The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).  On Tuesday, CAP the monitor of UK advertising across traditional and digital formats, announced a ‘step change’ of rules from UK …

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Chris Philp: Ritchie inquiry highlights need for comprehensive gambling reforms 

DCMS undersecretary Chris Philp has responded to questions posed by ministers in relation to the Sheffield Coroner’s verdict that ‘system failures had led to the tragic death of Jack Ritchie’. Questioned at a hearing in the Commons yesterday, initiated by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield (Labour), Philp was probed on how the government intends to reform the gambling sector and …

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Allwyn’s Russian connections and Watford employment raised in PMQs

Dean Russell, MP for Watford, has expressed concerns regarding the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) decision to hand the next ten-year National Lottery licence to Allwyn. Sharing his opinions at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament yesterday, the Conservative MP focused on Allwyn’s alleged ties to Russia, at a time when international relations remain tense due to the invasion of Ukraine.  In particular, he …

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Allwyn outlines initial National Lottery strategy following licence victory

Upon securing the next 10 year licence to the National Lottery, Allwyn Entertainment has provided an update on its operating strategy to its new holding, detailing a pan-European approach.  In particular, Allwyn plans to share best practice in lottery operations and focus on improvement of draw-based games, leveraging its experience as an operator of several lotteries throughout the continent.  Allwyn …

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UKGC: Online gambling increasingly popular among women of all ages

Female consumers are becoming increasingly engaged with various forms of online gambling, but the National Lottery remains the most popular product.  According to a recent study by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), 42% of women gambled in the previous four weeks, with the most widely used verticals being the National Lottery, scratchcards and bingo, as well as other forms of …

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Irish bookmakers challenge lottery betting ban

Bookmakers in Ireland have voiced their opposition to the potential passing of a law that would prohibit bets on the National Lottery. As reported in the Irish Examiner, the Seanad will debate a bill today that would ban firms from offering bets on the outcome of the National Lottery draw, which has been available since its formation in the 1980’s. If passed, the bill …

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