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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 National Lottery is a national asset. In the 25 years since it was launched, the National Lottery has raised over £40 billion for good causes, transforming lives through its contribution to the arts, sports, heritage and communities up and down the UK.

The National Lottery is also one of the world’s largest lotteries. 12 million people take part in its draw-based Lotto game each week and millions more play its instant win games.

There have been three competitions for the licence to run the National Lottery and the current licence is due to expire in 2023. The role of the Gambling Commission is to design and run the National Lottery licence competition, and subsequently regulate the next licence. We have a strong track record of safeguarding the National Lottery and ensuring that it is run with integrity, protects players and maximises returns to good causes.

We have already spoken to many interested parties to help us develop our thinking on these policy issues and help us shape the future of the National Lottery. Technology and communications are changing at a fast pace and we want to ensure that we understand the opportunities they present.

We want to build on the tremendous success of the National Lottery and we are determined to run a fair and transparent competition process that maximises the opportunities for innovation and creativity whilst protecting the special status of the National Lottery. We will be continuing our dialogue with interested parties over the coming months ahead of the official launch of the competition in early 2020.

If you would like to find out more about the competition, please contact our team.