Court clears way for new lottery operator

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The hand-over of the UK’s National Lottery licence will go ahead, despite a late legal bid by current operator Camelot to prevent it.


The High Court agreed to lift a suspension of the hand-over to new operator Allwyn so that it could begin the transfer process, which was halted when Camelot started the legal action in April. It was challenging the Gambling Commission’s decision to favour Allwyn to run the lottery from 2024.

Allwyn’s parent company already runs lotteries in Austria, Italy and Greece and will replace Camelot after 30 years of running the UK’s lottery.

The legal action will still go ahead, however, and Camelot is seeking damages of £500m against the Gambling Commission, claiming that it had not properly conducted the relicensing process.

Meanwhile, the sharp recession in the UK has had an impact on lottery sales, falling by three per cent to £8.1bn in the year to March 31 as increasing living costs make players tighten their belts.

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