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September 24, 2021

It has held license for the National Lottery since 1994 and complained

Camelot applies for High Court review of Health Lottery

(UK).- National Lottery operator Camelot is applying on July 11 for a judicial review into the Gambling Commission's decision to license Richard Desmond's Health Lottery. The operator called for the High Court review after the Commission’s decision earlier this year not to uphold its complaint against the Health Lottery.


t has held the licence for the National Lottery since 1994 and complained. Camelot wanted the Commission to revoke the Health Lottery’s licences because it said it contravened the 2005 Gambling Act. It claimed it was, in effect, a single lottery, but also said it should not be allowed to operate on a commercial, profit-making basis.

The Health Lottery was set up by Channel 5 owner Desmond and operates as 51 local society lotteries, or community-interest companies that raise money for health-related causes.

An earlier version of this article said incorrectly that the judicial review was commencing on July 11. In fact it is the application for review.

A statement from Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell said: “We believe Camelot’s case against the Gambling Commission is entirely without merit. We are very proud that the 51 society lotteries that raise money through Health Lottery brand have raised over us$ 27.6 million for local health causes.”

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