Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Tag: National Lottery

Delayed? Spring publication of government’s gambling review looking ever more likely claims The Guardian

Chris Philp GambleAware conference gambling review
With the door to the DCMS revolving more than ever in recent months and a National Lottery decision crowding up the agenda, the much anticipated review of the Gambling Act is almost certainly heading for a delay as further reports signal a push back until Spring.

Camelot confirms record National Lottery ticket sales

Camelot confirms record National Lottery ticket sales
Tokyo 2020 and strong retail recovery powers UK lottery growth as the amount generated for good causes tops £45 billion.

Baroness Brady joins Lottery bid

Baroness Brady joins Sisal lottery licence bid
As the battle intensifies to win the bid to run the National Lottery the Italian group Sisal has turned to Conservative Party life-peer Baroness Brady for inspiration.

A fillip from Philp? Bacta meets new gambling minister

Chris Philp Gambling Minister Bacta meeting
It hasn’t taken new gambling minister Chris Philp long to get tucked into his new post, meeting Bacta within a few weeks of taking over his new portfolio.

National Lottery age limit comes into effect

National Lottery new age limit comes into effect
Age limits on National Lottery products are now in place across both online and retail, with the UK’s under-18s officially unable to play any lottery game in store as of 1 October.

National Lottery bidder ups its game and appoints Sebastian Coe to its board

National lottery bidder appoints Seb Coe to board
Four-time Olympic medal winner and current President of World Athletics, Lord Coe has accepted an invitation to join the board of SAZKA Entertainment as the race to win the licence to operate the lucrative UK National Lottery intensifies.

DCMS Committee slams “unprecedented” interference by Gambling Commission over inquiry

Andrew Rhodes interim CEO Gambling Commission
The Gambling Commission has been accused of being potentially in “contempt of parliament” by DCMS committee chair Julian Knight, after interim CEO Andrew Rhodes resisted calls for a governmental inquiry. It’s an “unelected quango”, Knight says; it’s an uncomfortably rocky road for newly appointed GC chief.

Off The Record: “Professor Doom and Gloom strikes again!”

Off the record gambling campaigners
OTR argues why now’s the time to ditch Professor Gloom, identifies the family links that are making some gambling campaigners hypertensive and why 2m is now a rule too far.

Commission confirms a second delay to National Lottery licence competition

National Lottery tender process
Whichever way you look at it, the Gambling Commission’s announcement to extend the National Lottery tender process is an embarrassing setback for the regulator.

Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone: Problem gambling rates fall despite pandemic concerns

problem gambling survey
After 18 months of voicing unfounded concerns regarding the pandemic’s effect on problem gambling, the Gambling Commission has released new data showing the problem gambling rate has actually fallen in the last year, with online participation increasing only due to the National Lottery. Who’d have thought it? Clearly no-one as the figures continue to be tucked away by the regulator.

Commission faces inquiry into handling of National Lottery tender

National Lottery tender
The Gambling Commission is fast becoming the ‘billy no-mates’ of regulation with DCMS this week launching an inquiry to evaluate and examine the handling of the ‘competition process’ of the National Lottery’s operating tender.

OTR – It’s all gone a bit Matt Hancock!

Matt Hancock Off The Record UKGC National Lottery
This week’s OTR looks at how the Euros are kicking COVID regulations into touch, confirms how being a bit ‘Matt Hancock’ is the euphemism of the moment and issues an open invitation or should that be challenge to the latest interim chief executive to occupy the hot seat at UKGC.

Camelot raises minimum age limit from 16 to 18 on National Lottery products

National Lottery Age restriction
After being accused of ‘abusing its position of privilege’, Camelot has jumped ahead of incoming orders from the DCMS to raise the minimum age limit on National Lottery products to 18.

Place your bets? National Lottery accused of running a national casino

National Lottery instant win games
Many in the industry believe that the National Lottery has flown under the radar and should be regarded as a gambling brand - IDS agrees.

Interview call for pub machine history book

Peter Weir book machine history
Author and machine supplier Peter Weir is calling on members of the pub machine manufacturing and supply industry to share memories of the sector between the years of 1968 and 2018 for an upcoming book.

Culture Secretary appoints new Chair of National Lottery Community Fund

Blondel Cluff National Lottery Community Fund Chair
Blondel Cluff CBE has been named Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, replacing interim chair Tony Burton CBE. The role will see her set the long-term strategic direction for the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Camelot to fast track National Lottery age limit increase

Camelot National Lottery
You will have to be over-18 to play The National Lottery from next summer. Operators Camelot have responded to government intent to raise the age limit by October next year, putting plans in action to get the job done earlier.

National Lottery age increase indicative of growing intent of government regulation

National Lottery age increase
The minimum age for playing the National Lottery is to increase to 18, as the government tightens its focus on reregulating the UK gambling industry.

And away we go: Government launches “wide-ranging” review of UK gambling law

Gambling legislation Oliver Dowden
After months of delay due to Covid-19, a “comprehensive” update of Britain’s 15-year-old gambling framework will, say ministers, aim primarily to propel the Gambling Act forward into the “digital age”.

BGC continues to reset public image with 10 point plan in clear sight

Michael Dugher Betting and Gaming Council
In a message to industry stakeholders, the Betting and Gaming Council has unveiled the progress made on its ten point Covid action plan which sets out the standards the industry is intent on maintaining in a brave new world.

Rolled-over: Online intervention saves National Lottery ticket sales as retail offer expands to Iceland and Aldi

Camelot National Lottery ticket sales
Following a hit to sales at the start of lockdown, Camelot adapted quickly to shift ticket sales online, where players also found new interest in the operator’s online scratchcards and instant win games. Now the company is hoping to expand its retail offer to low-cost supermarkets Iceland and Aldi, decreasing its reliance on smaller retailers

SAZKA Group secures €500 million investment

Sazka Group investment
SAZKA Group which describes itself as one of the largest pan-European lottery operators, has received a major boost in its campaign to win the UK National Lottery licence, following a 500 million investment from Apollo, the leading global alternative investment manager.

Sazka Group appoint Royal favourite Sir Keith Mills to lead bid for National Lottery

National Lottery licence Sazka Group
Sir Keith Mills has worked with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry; will his Royal connections and experience with London 2012 be enough to win the National Lottery licence for Czech operator Sazka Group?

Sazka first to announce bid for UK National Lottery tender

Sazka Group lottery licence tender participation
Lottery and gaming giant Sazka Group has announced it will compete for the fourth UK National Lottery licence, becoming the first business to confirm its participation in the process.

Peter Hannibal: Is driving National Lottery revenues compatible with protecting the vulnerable?

Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group National Lottery revenues
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross-sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, is calling on the DCMS and the Gambling Commission to explain how they propose to balance the drive to maximise National Lottery revenues and deliver high returns at the same time as protecting the vulnerable

Commission launches National Lottery licence competition

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission National Lottery licence
The Gambling Commission has launched the competition to award the fourth National Lottery licence.

National Lottery in line for minimum age increase

National lottery minimum age increase
It’s looking increasingly like a case of not if, but when the minimum age for playing the National Lottery will be raised to 18.

National Lottery scratchcard clampdown due “within months”

lottery scratchcard
According to a report in The Sun, Boris Johnson will soon unveil a change in the law which will raise the minimum age required to play National Lottery..

Raise age of National Lottery to 18, says APPG

calls to raise lottery age
The gambling-related harm APPG has written to the culture secretary demanding that the minimum age of scratch-cards and other lottery products be brought..

Branch: “Why the almost fanatical war on our industry?”

The “pub” pull tab initiative is now run totally by the charities themselves. They opt to rent the machines from suppliers and similarly from ticket manufacturers. Because of the complexity of responsibility asked for by the charity applied to the public house, the charity gives the site expenses. The charity takes a minimum of 35 percent which is far greater than...