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Gambling Commission welcomes Health Lottery ruling

The Gambling Commission has welcomed the court's decision on Camelot's application for a judicial review. A statement on its website said:

The review looked at alleged failures by the commission to take appropriate regulatory action in relation to the Health Lottery.

The court has supported both the commission's interpretation of the law and its approach to the compliance of the Health Lottery and its constituent parts.

– Gambling Commission

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Full details of Camelot High Court judgement

Camelot has lost a High Court action in which it accused a lotteries watchdog of failing in its legal duty to protect it from the "rival" Health Lottery.

In a written ruling, Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, who heard the case with Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, announced he would "refuse Camelot permission to proceed with its claim for judicial review, on the grounds of its delay and its failure to establish a claim with a real prospect of success".

He continued: "I would refuse it permission to amend its claim on the ground that its amended claim has no real prospect of success."

He said he agreed with the Commission "that the question whether multiple society lotteries should be permitted is a political question, to be determined by the Government or Parliament".

Camelot 'disappointed' by High Court decision

Camelot have said it was "disappointed" by the High Court judgement and will lodge an appeal.

Dianne Thompson, Camelot Group CEO, said: "It is now imperative that the Government acts to close this loophole and to ensure that the law mirrors the intention and will of Parliament that there should be only one National Lottery.

"Time is of the essence – the longer the period of political inaction, the more incentive there is for other commercial operators to establish similar mass-market lotteries that would effectively cannibalise National Lottery sales and returns to the Good Causes.

"We are therefore calling on the Government to set out immediately the process and the timetable it intends to pursue in order to discharge its ultimate responsibility for The National Lottery and the Good Causes it supports."

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Camelot concerned other operators could enter lottery market

The case is about whether the license of the Health Lottery should be revoked:

  • Camelot claims the Health Lottery is effectively a rival to the National Lottery
  • They argue that goes against the National Lottery Act which allows for just one national draw
  • It could allow other operators to set up as rivals which could affect the amount of money Camelot raises
  • But the Health Lottery says it only represents 51 separate local organisations