Who Operates The UK Lottery?

Have you ever wondered who owns the UK lottery? With so much money going into such a business it’s hard to imagine that the owners are not extraordinarily rich. The truth is that the UK lottery is own be a variety of stockholders, meaning that the greater profits are divided between several different members, usually the ones who helped fund the company.

Currently, UK lottery is under the control of a company known as the Camelot. It looks after the various promotional campaigns and payouts. It makes certain that all runs well. Camelot’s sovereignty began in the year 2001, when they won the bid for that year’s franchise. This bid is open in every eight years, and in this bid, the ownership of UK lottery is given over to a company, which is selected by The National Lottery Commission.

However, the National Lottery Commission is responsible to look after the running of Camelot. It also is not responsible for any of the winnings. The commission was recognized so that the lottery players can all be treated justly. This commission is not related to the British government and consists of a staff of nearly 50 people. Their headquarters is located in Watford, though most of the staff is from London.

In order to facilitate the altering of the franchise to a new owner, the National Lottery Commission is organized into five directors in departments like Resources, Licensing, the Project Team, Compliance, Performance, and Communications. The members of the department are employed by the secretary of State for media, culture, and sport. They also employ the Chief Executive, which decides regarding issues about the lottery and franchise.

The National Lottery Commission handles complaints that were not satisfactorily taken care of by Camelot, or whatever company that holds the UK lottery license. They make sure that there is no underage play and that people are not playing excessively. The Commission monitors much of the proceedings done by Camelot, but they do not take much part in organizing or operating. It’s also there job to make sure that the money is distributed in the right way.

Wealth collected from the lottery is divided between the award and diverse good causes. A part of the fund directly goes to the UK government, the people who sell lottery, suppliers of lottery cards or tickets. A part of it also goes as Camelot’s profit. Parliament has set that 28p per pound, should go for some welfare cause. Many people see this as a type of stealth tax; however this goes to maintain the Big Lottery money. A part of the fund raised by Dream Number lottery is kept for the Olympics and Paralympics of 2012.

As per, the rules established by the National Lottery Commission, the players have to be above the age of 16 years. Camelot takes part in both methods – the scratch cards and the number match games, however the Lotto is known to be the most renowned. The players playing the ‘pick-the-number games’ can typically play on the Wednesdays or Saturdays every week. The Daily Play is another popular game which takes place every day of the week, excluding Sunday. EuroMillion is most suitable, for those looking for a big jackpot as it has a rolling jackpot including all of UK.