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.”