Department for Culture Media and Sport
We are responsible for developing the policy framework for the National Lottery but are not directly involved in the regulation and operation of the Lottery.
The National Lottery Commission (NLC) is a non-departmental public body. It is responsible for regulating the National Lottery, in accordance with legislation, regulatory and policy directions from the Secretary of State. It does this independently of Government.
The Commission replaced the previous regulator, the Director General of the National Lottery, on 1 April 1999.
The National Lottery Commission's duties are:
The National Lottery Commission's role includes:
Further information about the work of the NLC, including details of its current chair and commissioners, can be found on the National Lottery Commission website
The National Lottery Commission is responsible for deciding who will operate the National Lottery and awards the operating licence for the National Lottery.
On 30 August 2007, the National Lottery Commission finalized the terms of the third licence to operate the National Lottery with Camelot Group plc following a successful licence competition. An overview of the third licence competition, Creating a Lottery for the Future, can be found on the National Lottery Commission website
The Commission worked closely with Camelot to oversee a smooth transition and to ensure that the UK continues to have one of most successful lotteries in the world. The third licence started on 1 February 2009 and runs for ten years.
Camelot Group plc has been running the National Lottery since it was awarded the licence in 1994. Camelot's responsibilities include:
Since London was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games, Camelot launched its first Olympic Games Lottery scratchcards, which aim to raise £750 million towards the financing of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Net proceeds will be paid to the Olympic Games Lottery Distribution Fund.
Camelot has no role in making National Lottery grants to the good causes. This is the responsibility of the independent Lottery distributing bodies