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The National Lottery Commission

Background Info

UK Gambling Commission

The National Lottery Commission's role is to monitor the UK National Lottery and report on the performance of Camelot (the operator), and to enforce its licence.
It also selects the operator of the lottery.
The Commission does not handle any applications for lottery funds or distribute any lottery money.
It does not actually run the lottery. Its website explains the Commission's work in detail and provides general information about the National Lottery.
The Commission was set up on 1 April 1999 to replace the predecessor body, the Office of the National Lottery headed by the Director General of the National Lottery.
The five Commissioners are presently: Dr Anne Wright CBE, Robert Foster, Brian Pomeroy, Timothy Hornsby and Sarah Thane. No Commissioner can chair for longer than one year at a time.

  • Dr Anne Wright CBE is Chair of the National Lottery Commission. She is also Director of AWA Ltd, an educational consultancy which advises Government and academia. Among her current assignments are e-learning consultant to the Department for Education and Skills. She holds a number of non-executive roles including Member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and Board Member, English Partnerships. Former posts include Chief Executive of the University for Industry and Vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
  • Robert Foster was until September 2004, Chief Executive of the Competition Commission. He has also held a number of senior posts in Whitehall including responsibility for the Department of Trade and Industry's innovation expenditure and Director of Aerospace and Defence Industries. He has handled major projects including the planning and setting up of the Office of Science and Technology, and chairing the Project Board of the PFI Project to rebuild the National Physical Laboratory. Previously he was an engineering manager in the telecommunications and electronics industries. He holds a number of Non-Executive Director appointments including the board of King's College Hospital NHS Trust, the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Oxford Capital Partners.
  • Brian Pomeroy CBE chaired the Commission from 16 October 2002 to 15 October 2003 and also during its first year (1999 - 2000). He was Senior Partner at Deloitte Consulting and now holds a number of public and non-executive appointments. He is Chairman of the Treasury's Financial Inclusion Taskforce, a board member of the Audit Commission and a director of the Social Market Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of Centrepoint and of Homeless Link, the national organisation for the homelessness sector. He was also an independent member of the Council of Lloyd's and a member of the Pensions Protection & Investments Accreditation Board.
  • Timothy Hornsby was from 1995 until his retirement on March 23, 2001, Chief Executive of the National Lotteries Charities Board (NLCB). Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames from 1991 to 1995. He has held senior appointments at HM Treasury and the Department of the Environment in a civil service career spanning 1965 to 1991. He was also Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council from 1988-1991. He is currently a Director of the Charles Darwin Trust, Chair of the Harkness Fellows Association and Chair of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
  • Sarah Thane CBE was appointed as a National Lottery Commissioner in October. She is an independent consultant on broadcasting regulation and is currently advising the BBC Governors on regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining the Commission, Sarah was Advisor, Content and Standards at Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator. She has also spent time at the ITC, where she was Director of Programmes and Advertising. Sarah is a non-executive director of Films of Record, an independent film production company, and has recently been appointed a justice of the peace in West Suffolk. She is a Fellow and former Chair of the Royal Television Society.

The Commission's statutory duties are:

  • Ensuring the National Lottery and its games are run and promoted with all due propriety;
  • Protecting the interest of participants, and subject to these; and
  • Ensuring the most money is raised for good causes.

Sarah Hanratty Joins the National Lottery Commission as Head of Communications
The National Lottery Commission welcomed Sarah Hanratty as its Head of Communications on 3 August 2004.

News 2017
March 29, 2017 Gambling Commission Urges Industry to Take Consumer Complaints More Seriously

News 2015
April 21, 2015 Lottery Reviews Consumer PR Agencies
February 20, 2015 National Lottery reaches 2,000th draw after 20-year history

News 2014
November 27, 2014 House of Lords Debate the National Lottery
November 16, 2014 Society lotteries urged to Reveal Proportion of proceeds given to Good Causes
November 16, 2014 National Lottery Campaign Celebrates 20 Years of Changing Lives
February 20, 2014 National Lottery Referred to as Part of the Social Union Joining Nations
February 17, 2014 Fall in Funding to Good Causes Attributed to Comparison to Inflated Sales Period in Previous Year
January 22, 2014 Consultation on Society Lotteries Still Planned
January 22, 2014 Camelot Builds on Scratch Card Success
January 2, 2014 Howzat for National Lottery funding?
January 2, 2014 New Survey Provides Good News on Problem Gambling
December 26, 2013 Campaign Encourages Public Awareness of Good Causes Funded by National Lottery

News 2013
October 11, 2013 National Lottery’s Brand Index Experiences Drop
October 2, 2013 National Lottery Gives Full Approval for Camelot’s Rejuvenation of Core Game
October 2, 2013 National Lottery Ticket Price Increase Commences, as Polls try to gauge Player Reaction
September 24, 2013 PR Team Wins Seven Month Contract with Lottery
September 24, 2013 National Lottery Launches Biggest Campaign Since Launch – A New Lotto is Coming
September 9, 2013 National Lottery Pledge Funding to Help Olympic Hopefuls Get on the Medal Table in Brazil
September 2, 2013 How Being a World Leader in Corporate Responsibility Enables Lottery Sales Growth
July 31, 2013 Players to Embrace New National Lottery Game with Greater Jackpots
July 30, 2013 New Lotto to Launch with Two Not to be Missed Events
July 4, 2013 Lottery Aims to Make 100 Millionaires In One Night
June 6, 2013 Health Lottery Founder Sees ‘PR’ Opportunity to State he will Bid for National Lottery Licence
June 4, 2013 Proposed Merger of Commissions and DCM will Maximise Profits to the National Game
June 3, 2013 Select Committee to hear Oral Evidence on proposed Merger of National Lottery and Gambling Commission
May 26, 2013 Euromillions to Add a New Twist
May 25, 2013 Dianne Thompson Has Steered the National Lottery to Great Heights
May 17, 2013 Lottery Works to Strengthen Public Awareness of the Link between the National Lottery & the Good Causes they Support
May 7, 2013 Revamp of National Lottery will Deliver Significant Gains to Treasury
May 6, 2013 National Lottery Working in an Independent Scotland
May 3, 2013 'Point Of Consumption' Tax on Online Gambling Could Encourage Black Market Betting
April 30, 2013 National Lottery Commission and Gambling Commission Merger Postponed
April 21, 2013 Report Claims Current Regulations Favour the National Lottery
February 12, 2013 Advice - Evidence Session: Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill
February 10, 2013 National Lottery Operator Appoints Head of Insight
February 6, 2013 Watermark Causes Scratch Ticket Confusion
January 18, 2013 Government Response to the Select Committee Report
January 21, 2013 Lottery Firms Executives' Bonuses Attract Media Fire
January 16, 2013 Exciting Lotto Changes Planned with More Ways to Win More Money
January 11, 2013 Lottery Commission Asked to Investigate Complaints Big Stores Are Receiving Preferential Treatment Over Smaller Community Outlets
December 29, 2012 Commonwealth, Camelot Agree to Bid Extension for Potential Lottery Private Management Agreement
December 29, 2012 Camelot Official Says Company Has Much to Offer Pennsylvania and Its Lottery

News 2012
December 18, 2012 Government to Consult on Amount Society Lotteries Give to Good Causes
December 10, 2012 National Lottery Plays Santa with Xmas Bonus for EuroMillions Players
November 26, 2012 BBC Set to Extend National Lottery Deal
November 19, 2012 Happy Birthday to The National Lottery – and A Wry Smile to the Doubters
November 2, 2012 National Lottery to Sponsor British Sports Awards
November 2, 2012 Camelot Unveils Festive Euromillions Bonanza
September 26, 2012 Quadruple Rollover A Lottery First
September 5, 2012 UK Gambling Commission Launches Legal Services Tender
August 27, 2012 Camelot to Install New Anti-Fraud Measure on Lottery Terminals
August 22, 2012 Camelot Loses High Court Health Lottery Action
August 13, 2012 Lottery Created Foundations for British Olympic Success
August 11, 2012 National Lottery Claims the Health Lottery Deprives Olympic Team of Funds for Rio
July 31, 2012 Consultation On The Proposed Merger Of The Gambling Commission And The National Lottery Commission
July 26, 2012 New Lottery Millionaires Record Set
July 26, 2012 National Lottery Paid £100m More Tax to HM Revenue & Customs in FY2011/12
July 25, 2012 'Kite-Marking System' Could Signify UK-Regulated Betting Websites, Says Commons Committee
July 25, 2012 Lift Limit on Society Lottery Prizes if There is No Effect on National Lottery, Say MPS
July 20, 2012 National Lottery Loses Top Marketer
July 18, 2012 Change To Lotteries 80:20 Rule Proposed
July 17, 2012 Lottery Orders Flutes for Special Millionaires' Draw
June 12, 2012 Gambling Commission 'Should Review Its Decision to Licence the Health Lottery'
June 12, 2012 National Lottery Retailers Win Fantastic Packages to London 2012 Olympic Games
May 24, 2012 100 Millionaires Set Lottery Record
April 25, 2012 Most People Oppose Legal Restrictions on Lottery Proceeds: Poll
April 20, 2012 National Lottery to Prevent People Buying Invalid Tickets
March 30, 2012 UK Lottery Launches New Money Comb Game
March 13, 2012 Camelot to Issue Judicial Review Proceedings Against Gambling Commission: Camelot Statement
March 8, 2012 Retail Chain Recognised By Camelot for Raising £1.2bn for National Lottery Causes
March 8, 2012 Gambling Commission Would Challenge Camelot Judicial Review of Health Lottery
March 6, 2012 The National Lottery To Increase Benefits To Good Causes By Over £400 Million, Ensuring A Fair Lottery For The Nation
March 6, 2012 National Lottery Operator Camelot Has Welcomed Today’s Decision By Its Regulator
March 5, 2012 Large Chain Store Drops Lottery Sales
February 21, 2012 Call for the Government to Maintain Funding For Good Causes When Awarding National Lottery Licence
February 21, 2012 Research Indicates Female Gamblers Online Now At 50% of Market
February 21, 2012 UK Secondary Tax On Online Gambling Bill Due for Its Second Reading on March 30
February 15, 2012 Lottery Income Could Increase By £1bn In Five Years, Says DCMS
February 7, 2012 National Lottery Retailers Win Fantastic Packages to London 2012 Olympic Games
January 17, 2012 Health Lottery Claims to Have Expanded Lottery Market Disputed

News 2011
December 27, 2011 Record Year for Bumper Payouts; National Lottery Creates Record 229 Millionaires In 2011
December 22, 2011 New Health Lottery Has No Affect on National Lottery Ticket Sales
December 2, 2011 Government 'Needs More Evidence' Before Changing Lottery Rules
November 28, 2011 Warning on Health Lottery Loophole
November 13, 2011 UK Operator Could be Among Potential Bidders to Take Over National Lottery License
November 9, 2011 Sector Split Over New Lottery’s Potential Impact
November 5, 2011 Health Lottery Accuses Camelot of Abusing Its Dominant Position
October 29, 2011 Culture Secretary Raises Concerns About Health Lottery
October 15, 2011 Bitter Dispute Erupts Over New Health Lottery Launch in Britain
October 11, 2011 Underage Play on National Lottery Remains Stable
October 11, 2011 National Lottery Relocates Office to Birmingham
October 11, 201 National Lottery Raises £630 million for London 2012
September 28, 2011 Bermuda Could Benefit From UK Lottery
September 28, 2011 UK’s New Health Lottery Unveiled
Sept 26, 2011 Lottery Boss Visits Charity
Sept 23, 2011 Underage Play on the National Lottery Remains Stable
Sept 18, 2011 New Draw-Based Lottery Game to Rival the National Lottery to be Launched Next Week
Sept 5, 2011 Voting Opens in Final of the National Lottery Awards 2011
July 20, 2011 National Lottery Chief is New Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University
July 13, 2011 Lottery Regulator Publishes Annual Report and Accounts
July 13, 2011 UK Winner Scoops Record €185 Million EuroMillions Jackpot
July 6, 2011 3,750 London 2012 Tickets Up For Grabs with the National Lottery
July 1, 2011 Rival Hits Out At Lottery Regulators Over The Extension Of Camelot License
June 30, 3011 Euromillions’ Tuesday Draw
June 30, 3011 £1.6 Billion Raised For Good Causes in 2010-11
June 29, 2011 Commission Considering Investment Proposal to Expand National Lottery Retailer Network
June 29, 2011 Camelot Bids To Boost Lottery Funding By An Additional £2 Billion
June 3, 2011 Britons Look to the National Lottery To Save The Day
June 3, 2011 Camelot Eyes Potential Lottery Contracts in US
June1, 2011 National Lottery Operator Will Not be Involved in New ITV1 Game Show
May 9, 2011 Euromillions Tuesday Lottery Draw Launches With £85million Jackpot
May 6, 2011 National Lottery Introduces Suave New Character for EuroMillions Ad
May 3, 2011 Big Demand Expected For New Tuesday Euromillions Draw
March 30, 2011 High Court Puts "Fraudulent Lottery Scheme" Into Compulsory Liquidation
March 27, 2011 Treasury Scraps Plans for a Review of Lottery Taxation; "No Change Will be Made"
March 22, 2011 New Chair of Gambling Commission Appointed
March 2011 National Lottery Commission Provides March News Update
March 5, 2011 U.K. Lottery Sales Set to Break Record
March 2, 2011 Lottery Regulator Refuses Consent to Camelot Ancillary Activities Application
March 2, 2011 Paypoint Celebrates Camelot Ruling
February 9, 2011 Cover Girl Promotes Lottery
February 8, 2011 Camelot Payment Services Decision Pending
February 2, 2011 Camelot Waits National Lottery Commission’s Decision on ‘Extra Services
January 22, 2011 National Lottery Star Hosts Fundraising Event


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