Camelot to sue UK Gambling Commission over lottery operator selection process
Current National Lottery operator claims they were duped in scoring system
By Kate Northrop
Camelot Group, who currently holds the license to operate the UK National Lottery, has announced that it is filing suit against the Gambling Commission for allegedly botching the final scoring during the selection process for the Lottery's next license holder.
This week, Camelot will launch a legal battle against the UK Gambling Commission following claims that it broke the law in choosing t ...
Mar 29, 2022, 6:26 am - Lottery News forum
Camelot set to lose license as operator for UK National Lottery
Gambling Commission announces new preferred candidate
By Kate Northrop
Today the United Kingdom's Gambling Commission announced their intentions to drop Camelot as the operator of the National Lottery, to be replaced by Czech company Allwyn Entertainment.
Camelot will not have its licensed renewed to run the National Lottery after 28 years. Instead, a new operator is set to take the helm.
Since the Lottery's inception in 1994, Camelot has held three licenses, with its current a ...
Mar 15, 2022, 4:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Local retailers worry about future of UK National Lottery in stores
Convenience stores worry about the Lottery moving closer to digital sales channels
By Kate Northrop
Lottery retailers in the United Kingdom are expressing concerns about the future of the lottery in brick-and-mortar stores now that the contract for operating the lottery is up for grabs.
Camelot Group has run the National Lottery for nearly three decades. Now that the contract is up for renewal, local retailers worry that a new operator would mainly prioritize online sales and push out s ...
Jun 7, 2021, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
Amazon held talks on bid to takeover the UK National Lottery
Amazon held talks about bidding to run the United Kingdom National Lottery, The Mail on Sunday revealed.
The discussions fizzled out, but the US tech giant's interest raises the prospect of it entering Britain's gambling market at some stage.
Amazon, owned by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has more than 300 million active customer accounts.
It may have seen the Lottery as a chance to take the competition online and widen its reach.
City sources told The Mail that only prelimin ...
Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
From the lottery to Nobel prize: meet workers who make life-changing phone calls
For 12 years now, Anita Pires has been working at the call center for Camelot, the company that runs the UK's national lottery. She is one of a staff of 30 who answer calls from potential lottery winners, checking their numbers for prizes that range from 5 to the multi-millions. In 2009, I had one of my biggest winners, who won 45m, she says. Even I couldn't believe it. We only get an automated prompt just before they're put through; it's always very exciting. The claimants are in shock and don' ...
Aug 28, 2019, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone
At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery's World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings it was also potentially one of the most lucrative for players.
WIN UP TO $15,000,000! THE HIGHEST INSTANT PAYOUT IN ILLINOIS LOTTERY HISTORY, shouted a banner across the magenta and silver ticket.
But for the last five weeks the game was on sale this year, none of the three $15 million prizes remained. Yet players purchased an estimated 26,000 tickets during that time, spen ...
Apr 23, 2018, 7:34 am - Lottery News forum
Did new Illinois Lottery private manager get too good of a deal?
Hoping for better luck the second time around, state officials unveiled a deal Friday to put the fate of the Illinois Lottery in the hands of a British firm that pledges bigger returns than those generated under the manager the state fired.
In a do-over of the nation's first, controversial attempt at state lottery privatization six years ago, Illinois agreed to a contract with the only firm to bid for the potentially lucrative job: the Camelot Group. It comes as the state and Camelot pledge t ...
Oct 21, 2017, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
Details of new Illinois Lottery manager deal kept secret
As the Illinois Lottery edges closer to finalizing a massive deal with a new private manager, the state and the firm have chosen to keep many of the details secret despite past pledges of transparency.
The deal includes a tiered incentive system in which the new firm, Camelot Illinois, would be paid bonuses for exceeding various profit levels, documents show. But the proposed dollar amounts are not included.
That was among the few bits of information in the heavily redacted records the sta ...
Oct 4, 2017, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery awards management contract to Camelot
By Todd Northrop
Ending a years-long process of replacing its current management company, the Illinois Lottery today awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC essentially the same company that operates the United Kingdom's lottery.
The Lottery's Notice of Award was posted to the Illinois Procurement Bulletin after the State of Illinois Chief Procurement Office of General Services certified the procurement rules for selecting the private manager were correctly followe ...
Sep 22, 2017, 7:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Consultant lays out 'ambitious' vision for Arkansas Lottery
A consultant for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery envisions ticket sales steadily increasing from $450 million in the current fiscal year to $615 million by fiscal 2021 and net proceeds for scholarships rising from $85 million to $109 million in the same period.
Camelot Global Services' self-described ambitious five-year business plan proposes many changes, including overhauling the portfolio of scratch-off and draw-game tickets, increasing the lottery's $5 million marketing budget to $7.5 mi ...
Mar 13, 2016, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum