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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.

In its first quarter of a century, the National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for 565,000 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 has begun.

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 run the National Lottery licence competition and, subsequently, regulate the next licence.

Since launching the fourth licence programme in November 2018, we have conducted an extensive programme of global market engagement through which we have spoken to many interested parties to help us develop our thinking on policy issues.

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.

Throughout our market engagement, we have been encouraged by a healthy level of interest from a range of different parties and we look forward to running a competitive process.

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