This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.
On 7 August, the National Lottery Commission again chose Camelot as its licensee, granting it the right to operate the National Lottery ahead of its only rival bidder, Indian company Sugal & Damani. Subject to finalising the terms of the licence itself, the award will secure Camelot's right to operate the National Lottery until February 2019. It has been reported that Sugal & Damani are considering a legal challenge to the decision, echoing the unsuccessful challenge by Sir Richard Branson's People's Lottery after its own failed bid in 2000. Camelot has operated the National Lottery since its launch in 1994, and this is the third consecutive licence which it has been awarded.