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September 26, 2020

It argues that it is not regulated as a national lottery

Camelot threatens legal action over rival Health Lottery

(UK).- Operator of the British National Lottery, Camelot, has hit out at the recently launched Health Lottery, claiming that its “cuts across” the country’s gambling regulations. In a letter to the Gambling Commission, Camelot said its plans to challenge the "continuing failure to take regulatory action to suspend or revoke” Health Lottery’s licence, the Independent reports.

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he Health Lottery was launched by Richard Desmond as a scheme managing 51 separate society lotteries representing each geographical region of the UK. Camelot argues that the Health Lottery is not regulated as a national lottery, donates less money to charities and avoids paying the same level of duty to the Treasury.

“The Health Lottery represents a particularly blatant example of an attempt to commercialise ‘society lotteries’ on an industrial scale in a way that cuts across both the spirit and the letter of the (Gambing) Act and associated regulation,” the letter said.

Camelot said it would challenge the Commission’s “continuing failure to take regulatory action” by seeking a judicial review.

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