Page 3: Regulating the National Lottery
The National Lottery Commission regulates the operation of the National Lottery. Its statutory duties are to:
- protect the interests of participants
- ensure that the lottery is run and promoted with all due propriety and, subject to these two obligations
- maximise the returns available for Good Causes.
The Commission has strong powers. Amongst those wide-ranging powers it has the right and duty to:
- select the company or organisation to run the lottery, award the licence and revoke it if its integrity is compromised
- determine the number, type and frequency of games that can be offered
- enforce the conditions under which the licence is granted eg no selling tickets on the street or on bookmakers premises and guaranteed anonymity for winners who request it
- carry out compliance audits of any area of lottery operation eg making visits to retailers’ premises to ensure compliance such as no sales to under 16s.
The Commission has a range of remedies available to it, including publicly recording licence breaches, imposing fines, seeking enforcement in the High Court and, in extreme cases, revocation.