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Strategic Objective 4: Optimise returns to the National Lottery

Core regulatory activity

In relation to the National Lottery, the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Gambling Commission share three Statutory Duties:

  1. That the National Lottery is run, and every lottery that forms part if it is promoted, with all due propriety.
  2. That the interests of every participant in a lottery that forms part of the National Lottery are protected.
  3. Subject to these, do their best to secure that the net proceeds of the National Lottery are as great as possible.

Strategic deliverables

In addition to our core regulatory work, we will:

Manage the transition to the fourth National Lottery Licence

The Commission is the United Kingdom's (UK) independent, statutory body responsible for awarding the licence to run the National Lottery. The third National Lottery licence is due to expire on 31 January 2024. The fourth National Lottery Licence has been formally awarded to Allwyn Entertainment UK ('Allwyn').

The Enabling Agreement, signed in September 2022, will assist both parties in transitioning between licences and provide the framework for implementation. Our strategic focus is to ensure a seamless and timely transition to the next licence, for the benefit of participants and good causes.

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