It has already been approved, but Camelot UK Lotteries has stated that the initial selection questionnaire for the forthcoming tender for the operation of the National Lottery has been completed.
Since its establishment in 1994, Camelot has been operating the National Lottery and it was taken as a guarantee that the operator can bid to retain the licence in the fourth tender to be determined in September of next year.
The operator has now stated that it has completed the selection questionnaire of the Gambling Commission before the deadline, but has said that it will not guarantee that it is committed to bidding until the final Invitation to Apply (ITA) has been seen, which the Gambling Commission will give to operators who it feels should be invited to make full applications.
A spokesperson has said: “With three years of successive growth resulting in record sales in 2019-20, the National Lottery, under Camelot’s stewardship, is in its best-ever shape – and our immediate focus is on continuing to keep it strong and healthy for the benefit of everyone, and raising even more money for society at a time when funding has never been more vital.”
The Gambling Commission has declined to comment on the number of answers to the selection questionnaire it has issued.
The only other operators that have stated that they have completed the questionnaire to join the race against Camelot are the Czech Republic’s Sazka Party and India’s Sugal & Damani.