Aug 23, 2018

UK National Lottery operator Camelot fined £1.15m by regulator

Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, has been penalised £1.15m by the industry watchdog for a list of failings including a mobile app glitch and the publication of an incomplete raffle prize list. The commission said that there had been five failings by Camelot that were "Sufficiently serious" to incur financial penalties. Camelot said it accepted the findings and would pay the fine to National Lottery Good Causes, which supports community projects in the UK. Camelot said: "While we have always sought to run the National Lottery to the highest possible standards, we accept that, at the time of these incidents, our standards in certain areas weren't as rigorous as they should have been and for that we're sorry." Camelot has been fined a number of times in recent years for various breaches, most significantly in late 2016 when it paid a £3m penalty relating to an alleged fraudulent payout. The commission regulates both the National Lottery and commercial gambling in the UK. It has significantly increased the value of fines issued to betting companies over the past year with the aim of improving consumer protection and tackling criminal activity.

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