Allwyn Entertainment has been named as the operator of the next National Lottery licence.
The Gambling Commission said the selection follows a “fair, open and robust” competition, which received four applications at the final stage, the highest number of applications since the first National Lottery licence was awarded in 1994. Camelot UK Lotteries has been named Reserve Applicant.
Allwyn has committed to investing in the National Lottery, which is expected to deliver “growth and innovation across the National Lottery’s products and channels”, the Gambling Commission said.
Andrew Rhodes, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “I am confident that the success of the competition will lead to a highly successful fourth licence – one that maximises returns to good causes, promotes innovation, delivers against our statutory duties, and which ultimately protects the unique status of the National Lottery.
“We look forward to working with all parties to ensure a smooth handover.”
In response, NFRN National President, Narinder Randhawa, said: “We have always had a great partnership with Camelot, so we are disappointed for them to lose the licence after almost 30 years.”
He added: “Thousands of our members have lottery terminals in their stores and have played a major part in the success of the National Lottery since it was launched in 1994.
“We are confident we can establish a good working relationship with Allwyn to continue the support for independent retailers in the future and look forward to a seamless transition.”