he Sunday Times newspaper reported that the incumbent lottery operator is the firm favourite to retain the National Lottery license for a third time, beating opposition from Indian-based rival Sugal & Damani when the long-running competition against India’s Sugal & Damani ends on Tuesday.
Camelot is expected to be apointed the preferred bidder for the next licence Camelot has held the licence since its inception in 1994 and is the overwhelming favourite to win the ten-year licence, which begins in February 2009.
Critics are already claiming that Camelot has a monopoly on the lottery, an accusation that will only grow louder if it wins tomorrow. The National Lottery Commission is due to finalise contracts and officially award the new licence to the winner by the end of the month.
The entity is chaired by Anne Wright, while the licence competition has been run by another commissioner, Robert Foster, who was formerly the CEO of the Competition Commission.