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Annual Report and Accounts 2021 to 2022

The Gambling Commission's 2021 to 2022 Annual Report and Accounts.

  1. Contents
  2. Optimise returns to good causes from The National Lottery

Optimise returns to good causes from The National Lottery

The National Lottery makes a significant contribution to society and generates important funds for good causes – with over £45 billion raised by the Lottery since its launch in 1994. Those good causes include funding a wide variety of sports, arts, heritage and community projects.

The National Lottery continues to make a difference to the lives of millions and the Gambling Commission’s role is to ensure it is run with propriety whilst protecting the interests of every player and making sure funds for good causes are maximised.

The preferred applicant for the next National Lottery licence, which will begin in 2024, was announced in March this year.

Our highlights in this area

The following sets out our highlights over the past year for the deliverable of optimise returns to good causes from The National Lottery.

We ensured the current Licence holder continued to deliver against the requirements of the current Licence, particularly with respect to ensuring the National Lottery is operated with all due propriety and that the interests of participants are protected. Continuing to run the National Lottery smoothly during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns, monitoring performance closely to ensure players continued to be protected following a material increase in online play. Further protections for players potentially at-risk of harm have been introduced across the year.

Returns to good causes finished the financial year at £1.84 billion. It has been another strong year, particularly given the ongoing challenging circumstances due to the wider external landscape.

We ensured the conditions for the 4th Licence built on the successes of the Third Licence, placing responsibility for performance and flexibility to maximise returns to good causes on the Licensee, while ensuring high standards of propriety and a strong focus on player protection.

We grew the value of the National Lottery as a public asset, enhancing and protecting its brand, and set processes in place to ensure that the 4th Licence holder fosters strong relationships with distributors of National Lottery funding to strengthen the link between the brand, its players and good causes.

We developed a transition management framework that enables oversight and assurance and active management of risk and delivery performance to support a successful transition.

We have defined an appropriate regulatory model for the 4th Licence and have developed a plan to deliver and implement this ahead of the start of the 4th Licence.

Following the conclusion of the competition for the 4th National Lottery Licence, we announced in March 2022 that Allwyn Entertainment Limited had been selected as the preferred applicant.

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