The fourth National Lottery licence has been awarded

The fourth National Lottery licence has been awarded

Summary:

The fourth National Lottery licence has been awarded by the Gambling Commission. The High Court’s decision to lift the automatic suspension that prevented the Commission from formally awarding the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn was granted permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal.

Allwyn has been awarded the fourth National Lottery Licence by the Gambling Commission.

On 14 July, the Court of Appeal granted permission for the Commission to appeal the High Court’s decision to lift the automatic suspension that prevented the Commission from formally awarding the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment UK. The automatic suspension remained in place as a result of permission to appeal being granted.

The Commission entered into an Enabling Agreement with Allwyn after the decisions by the two companies to withdraw their appeals and the suspension being lifted. We can begin the transition now that Allwyn has been awarded the fourth licence.

Ensuring a seamless and timely transition to the next licence for participants and good causes is our priority. We are confident that the outgoing licensee, Allwyn, will honor their obligations as the licensee to cooperate in that transition. The framework for implementation of the Enabling Agreement will assist both parties in transitioning between licences.

National Lottery players have collectively raised more than £46 billion for 670,000 good causes across the UK, transforming lives and contributing to the arts, sport, heritage and communities since the lottery was launched in 1994.

Allwyn has pledged to invest in the National Lottery, subject to participant protection and propriety, which is anticipated to deliver growth and innovation throughout the National Lottery’s products and platforms and increasing donations to charitable organizations.

There are key changes for the fourth licence.

Andrew Rhodes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

Following a successful competition and the court lifting the suspension on the award process, we are very pleased to have officially awarded the fourth licence to Allwyn. We are looking forward to working with all of the parties to make sure the handover goes smoothly.

I am confident that Allwyn and the key changes for the fourth licence will maximize returns to good causes, promote innovation, deliver against our statutory duties, and protect the unique status of the National Lottery.