llwyn was officially awarded the next management contract National lottery after opponents dropped their appeals.

The Gambling Commission confirmed on Tuesday that Allwyn Entertainment, which operates lotteries in Austria, Czech Republic and Greece, will receive the last license for the National Lottery from February 2024.

In March, the regulator first announced it would give Allwyn its license after refusing Camelot after 30 years.

Camelot launched legal proceedings a month later challenging the decision, arguing that the commission’s decision was “grossly wrong”.

The commission asked the High Court to lift the automatic stay order on the transfer due to the court case, warning of the disruption it could cause to the lottery.

In late June, a court agreed to lift the suspension that prevented the license transfer from starting, but Camelot appealed.

However, earlier this month Camelot and rival IGT confirmed they had dropped the claim through the Court of Appeal.

The Gambling Commission said it could now “commence the transaction”.

“We are delighted to officially award Allwyn’s fourth license following a very successful competition and the court’s decision to lift the stay on the award process,” commented Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer of the Gambling Commission.

“We now look forward to working with all parties to ensure a smooth and efficient handover.”

Allwyn has said it hopes to more than double the amount of money it gives to good causes after confirming it has officially won its next National Lottery licence.

Justin Kingchairman Allwyn, said: “Today’s award officially marks a new start for the National Lottery.

“We have exciting plans for this important and cherished facility, which is important to raise even more revenue for good causes across the country, improve the player experience with the latest technology and ensure safe participation.

“Everyone at Allwyn is ready to take on the challenge of working on tight deadlines for the transition.

“We look forward to working closely with the Camelot team over the coming months to ensure the Lottery is in top form when we take the reins in February 2024.”


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