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About the competition

The UK National Lottery is one of the biggest lotteries in the world and the current licence is due to expire in 2023.

The Gambling Commission is the independent, statutory body responsible for awarding licences to run the National Lottery, as well as being tasked with regulating it to ensure safe and fair play.

Every month 14 million people take part in the draw-based games and more play its range of instant wins, with more than £6.9 billion in sales last year alone.  The world has changed since the National Lottery first launched in 1994 when there were only four TV channels in the UK, no smartphones and social media was in its infancy.

As we begin preparing for the next licence, we must consider an increasingly fast paced society and are are looking globally for the best ideas, innovation and experiences to create a National Lottery that is fit for the future.

We are developing the detailed plan for the competition and we will be undertaking initial market engagement between now and the end of January 2019. We also plan to provide feedback to the market around February 2019 and subsequently enter more detailed discussions leading to the formal competition.

This is an exciting opportunity for businesses and investors and we want to hear their views and ideas to help us shape the National Lottery’s future.

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Initial market engagement timeline