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
Arkansas Lottery officials sign contract with Camelot for business plan
Arkansas officials signed a contract Monday with lottery consultant Camelot Global Services, which will develop a business plan for the state lottery and help implement the plan, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance and Administration said.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley and finance department Director Larry Walther signed the contract, said spokesman Jake Bleed. Camelot has offices in Philadelphia and London.
We are awaiting confirmation on their end that the contract has bee ...
Dec 1, 2015, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lotto game to change in October
Harder to win, but guaranteed millionaires
Lotto players in the United Kingdom will have to select their winning numbers from a pool of 59 rather than 49 under sweeping changes to the game taking effect later this year.
The UK National Lottery operator, Camelot, said the enhancements would give players a better chance of winning and becoming a millionaire.
It said a new Millionaire Raffle would guarantee at least one millionaire per draw, the average winning jackpot was expected to be t ...
Jun 16, 2015, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
New Ireland Lottery operator expected to raise prices
Ireland's National Lottery is expected to raise ticket prices next year as part of a shake-up of the business aimed at halting several years of declining sales.
The new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), is under pressure to recoup its 405 million outlay for the licence and is known to have set ambitious growth targets for its 20-year tenure in charge.
While higher ticket prices would, in theory, generate bigger jackpots and potentially more publicity around its weekly draws, the m ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum