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June 22, 2021

The Commission revealed that Camelot's proposals could breach competition laws

Camelot to be turned down

(UK).- Operator of the UK National Lottery, The Camelot Group, is likely to be blocked from offering other services such as mobile telephone top-ups and bill payments through its ticket terminals.

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ccording to a report from the BBC, the National Lottery Commission stated that it is ‘minded to refuse’ Camelot's request with the operator describing the decision as ‘flawed’.

The Commission, which regulates the Lottery, revealed in a provisional ruling made last week that Camelot's proposals could breach competition laws and added that those interested in its decision could now address the issue before a final decision is made. The body highlighted one complaint that stated using terminals for extra commercial services would breach Camelot’s operating licence unless it re-tendered for the contract.

“We firmly believe that the National Lottery Commission's preliminary position is flawed and remain absolutely confident that our proposals do not breach either European or competition law,” read a statement from Watford-based Camelot.

"We are disappointed that the National Lottery Commission has failed to reach a definitive decision, instead choosing to further extend the process, which will delay the generation of additional funds for good causes and benefits for retailers and consumers. We remain convinced that our detailed and carefully considered plans based on thorough and robust legal advice should allow us to offer commercial services through National Lottery retailers. We are carefully considering all of our options.”

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