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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 2024.

In its first quarter of a century, the National Lottery has raised more than £43 billion for 635,000 good causes, transforming lives through its contribution to the arts, sport, heritage and communities up and down the UK. Building on this success, the competition to award the fourth National Lottery licence is underway.

The role of the Gambling Commission is to run the fourth National Lottery licence competition and, subsequently, regulate the next licence.

Prior to launching the fourth National Lottery licence competition, we conducted an extensive programme of global market engagement through which we spoke to many interested parties to help us develop our thinking on the fourth licence.

The fourth National Lottery licence competition was launched in August 2020. Phase One applications were received in April 2021 and we are pleased to have a competitive number of fit and proper applicants. ITA Phase Two commenced in July 2021.

We have a strong track record of safeguarding the National Lottery and ensuring that it is run with integrity, protects players and maximises contributions to good causes. 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 provides opportunities for innovation and creativity while protecting the unique status of the National Lottery.

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