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Our statutory objectives and duties

The Gambling Act 2005 and the National Lottery Act 1993 set out the licensing objectives and National Lottery duties that shape our work.

As the gambling regulator, our aim is to permit gambling provided we think it is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives to:

  • prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protect children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

As the regulator for the National Lottery, our statutory duties are to ensure that:

  • the National Lottery is run with all due propriety
  • participants’ interests are protected, and subject to those two duties
  • proceeds from the National Lottery are as great as possible.
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