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The Gambing Commission is the UK's independent statutory body responsible for awarding licences to run the National Lottery and tasked with regulating it to ensure safe and fair play. 

As part of our responsibility as a regulator, we have three overriding statutory duties and we will make sure these will underpin the fourth licence competition:

  • Ensuring the National Lottery is run with propriety

  • Ensuring that participants' interests are protected and

  • (subject to those two duties) doing our best to secure that the proceeds from the National Lottery are as great as possible.

Whilst the Gambling Commission is responsible for managing the competition, and regulating the National Lottery, the distribution of funds will continue to be separate, undertaken by independent distribution bodies oversee by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - our sponsoring department.

Find out more about the Gambling Commission

Learn more about the UK's National Lottery