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Who runs the National Lottery?

The National Lottery is run by a commercial company, Camelot (opens in new tab)

The legal entity of the company is Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

Camelot hold the UK National Lottery licence

Camelot's current licence runs until 2024.

During this time it:

  • manages the National Lottery infrastructure
  • designs new games
  • develops the marketing support for lottery products
  • provides services for players and winners
  • runs the network that sells tickets to players.

How we regulate Camelot

We run checks on people who could affect how the National Lottery is run, or damage its reputation. We also carry out checks on companies if their conduct could affect the National Lottery.

Security vetting

If we find that someone does not meet the necessary standards, they may not be employed in a vetted role.

We vet:

  • Camelot’s directors
  • Camelot’s shareholders
  • certain Camelot employees
  • key contractors and third party suppliers.

People or companies being vetted need to complete an individual or corporate declaration. They must also complete a disclosure application form (Disclosure Scotland).

We speak with relevant agencies in the UK and overseas to verify the information given.

Camelot computer systems

We check the the National Lottery’s central computer systems are reliable and secure. This includes its network of terminals.

We also have an independent verification system which processes and reports National Lottery financial data for player transactions. The system allows us to agree daily sales figures and prize payouts.

This means we can make sure the number of winners and prize amounts are correct after each draw. It also helps us confirm money for good causes is correctly calculated.

We investigate any discrepancies between Camelot's system and our own.

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