The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced this morning that the Fourth National Lottery Competition has been extended by a further 10-week term.
The winner of the multibillion-pound UK government contract will be announced in February 2022, as the Commission abandons its earlier goal of announcing the competition’s winner by September/October 2021.
Following applicant representations and input on ‘Phase One’ procedures, the extension has been implemented to ‘Phase Two’ of the competition.
The competition’s revised schedule now includes a four-week “application stage” and a six-week “bid evaluation” period.
“These changes will provide the opportunity for applicants to further refine their proposals and for the Commission to evaluate.” read the UKGC statement.
Third National Lottery
The UKGC has extended the current Third National Lottery Licence for another six months as a result of the adjustments to help with the transition between operating corporations.
As a result, the winner of the Fourth National Lottery competition will be able to use their licence starting in February 2024.
Individual proposals from Allwyn (SAZKA), Northern & Shell Group, Sisal, and Sugal & Damani (bid retired) have been submitted in the competition to replace Camelot UK as the National Lottery’s operating firm.
DCMS, which oversees the competition, initiated an investigation last week to analyse and examine its handling of the National Lottery’s tender’s “competition process.”
“Our job is to run the best competition we possibly can – one that is open and fair and results in the best outcome for players and good causes. We want to appoint a licensee that can build on the National Lottery’s legacy and find new opportunities for a sustainable and successful future.” The UKGC concluded.