Apr 15, 2022

Northern & Shell joins Camelot in taking legal action over National Lottery

Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell group has become the third company to sue the UK's gambling regulator over its decision to award the next National Lottery licence to Czech operator Allwyn, making it the most contested award in the competition's history. Northern & Shell, which owns The Health Lottery, and The New Lottery Company, another business owned by Desmond, filed a procurement challenge against the Gambling Commission on Wednesday, according to court filings, which do not give further details of the claim. Camelot, the current lottery operator, and Camelot's technology provider IGT have also issued legal proceedings against the commission in relation to the award. The competition for the next National Lottery licence, which kicked off in 2020, has been one of the most heated since the lottery was launched in 1994. Sir Richard Branson considered launching a judicial review in 2000 when Camelot was awarded the second lottery licence but stepped away, saying it risked the lottery's "Credibility being irreparably damaged".

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