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Fourth National Lottery Licence: Regulatory Handbook

The Commission’s regulatory handbook sets out our regulatory approach to the National Lottery.

  1. Contents
  2. Overview
  3. 1. Introduction

1. Introduction

1.1: We (the Gambling Commission) regulate the National Lottery within a legislative framework, including Directions and Regulations made by the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), and our public law duties. Through our regulation we deliver our statutory objectives.

Our statutory objectives

Our statutory duties as per Section 4 of the Act are to:

  • ensure that the National Lottery is run, and every lottery that forms a part of it is promoted, is run with all due propriety
  • ensure that the interests of every Participant in the Lottery are protected
  • subject to these two duties, to do our best to secure that the net proceeds of the National Lottery are as great as possible

1.2: In practice, there are different ways in which we can achieve our statutory duties and deliver Secretary of State Directions and Regulations in the context of the Fourth Licence. Through our Regulatory Handbook, we inform stakeholders of our intended regulatory approach for the Fourth Licence. In exercising our functions with respect to the National Lottery, and in the context of the statutory framework, we are required to comply with the principles of public law (which include requirements as to rationality, fairness and reasonableness).

1.3: The next section provides a background and overview of the different components within our Regulatory Model, including the four volumes within this Regulatory Handbook. It also outlines our approach to any changes to this Regulatory Handbook during the Fourth Licence. The rest of this document is then split by the four separate volumes.

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