UK National Lottery

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UK National Lottery: Camelot

Camelot Group currently holds the license to manage the UK National Lottery. The company is responsible for the protection of the National Lottery players. It ensures that the National Lottery draws are fair. Camelot secures the printing, storage, and distribution of the lottery scratchcards. Further, it prevents any fraudulent attempts to collect prizes and ensures that the National Lottery system follows the licensing terms. Additionally, Camelot Group works in partnership with other organizations to fulfill their responsibilities.


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GUIDELINES FOR CAMELOT

1. The company is responsible for the protection of the National Lottery players.

2. The company is incharge of ensuring that National Lottery draws are fair.

3. The company ensures the security of the printing, storage, and distribution of the lottery scratchcards, preventing any fraudulent attempts to collect prizes.
  • In case of any security breaches, Camelot must ensure that it records the breach within 14 days. Additionally, the company ensures that the register is available for inspection by the Gambling Commission at any given time.
4. The company ensures that the lottery information cannot be accessed, read, added to, removed, or altered by unauthorized persons at the retail outlet.
  • Moreover, Camelot is also required to develop, maintain, test, and implement the business continuity and disaster recovery plans for the commission to access when needed.
5. The company managing the National Lottery must ensure that it always runs the National Lottery in accordance with the Lottery License.
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UK National Lottery: Next License Competition

The current National Lottery license expires in 2023 but the process to award the next license started in November 2018. However, the competition will be officially launched in 2020.

DETAILED OVERVIEW OF THE NEXT NATIONAL LOTTERY LICENSE COMPETITION

  • Despite the fact that the current National Lottery license expires in 2023, the process to award the next license started in November 2018.
  • The gambling commission wants the next operator after Camelot to maximize returns to a good cause. Thus, it said it would be looking for a fit with the best ideas, experiences, and innovation.
  • Now that the process is about to enter its commercial engagement stage, Rothschild & Co was appointed as the lead advisor to engage with interested parties.
  • Rothschild & Co joins Ernest Young who is supporting the commercial and competition design, Deloitte who are supporting policy development and license design, and Hogan Lovells who are the commission's external legal advisors.
  • Although the process has already started, the competition will be officially launched sometime in early 2020.
  • According to the UK Gambling Commission, it is hoping to not only attract more bidders than the previous years but also a wide range of bidders from different industries such as tech, media, finance, and telecoms, among others. However, it seems like the commission is putting plenty of emphasis on tech companies urging them to bid since technology-based products and services have been widely introduced in the lottery, and they continue to change rapidly.
  • Mr. McArthur, the chief executive of the commission, believes that new technology has potential to change how people play the lottery, particularly problem gamblers because it will/can provide information about players, what they are doing, and the tools to help the players manage their gambling.
  • After a market engagement with interested parties and according to the feedback from the market, it was decided that the fourth license will be awarded to a single licensee.
  • The invitation for the fourth National Lottery license competition has not been issued yet. From the gambling commission's website, the market engagement timeline shows stages that are mostly about the design of the competition, which is expected to last the whole of 2019. Therefore, the process for the next National Lottery license competition has not been laid out yet.
  • However, based on how the third competition went down, the process for the next (fourth) license competition might be as follows:
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