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Allwyn officially awarded lottery licence – after IGT drops legal challenge

Allwyn has finally been formally awarded the Fourth Licence to operate the UK National Lottery.

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The licence, which will become operational in February 2024, is scheduled to run for a decade following Allwyn’s takeover.

The process has been marred by legal challenges and court battles, instigated by the current – soon to be former – operator, Camelot.

When Allwyn was announced as the preferred bidder for the Fourth Licence, of which the previous three were held by Camelot, the current operator and its technology partner, IGT, launched legal action against Allwyn and the Gambling Commission in an effort to wrestle control of the UK lottery back for themselves.

However, after Camelot and IGT withdrew their legal challenges earlier this month, the path for Allwyn to begin taking over the licence was cleared – though Camelot and IGT are still seeking over £600m ($685m) in damages from the Gambling Commission.

After the confirmation of the award, Allwyn Chairman Justin King said: "Today’s award formally marks a fresh start for the National Lottery. We have exciting plans for this important and cherished institution, crucially raising even more proceeds for good causes across the country, improving the player experience through the latest technology and ensuring safe participation." 

Meanwhile, Allwyn CEO David Craven added: “This moment signals a time for change for the National Lottery. We have already begun this exciting new chapter; our transformation programme has started with energy and purpose from our Watford-based headquarters. 

“We must seize this moment, creating the right conditions for The National Lottery to innovate. Our primary transition objective is to responsibly boost performance leading to increased contributions to good causes. We look forward to welcoming the existing Camelot colleagues in Watford to be part of this new, exciting chapter.”

Andrew Rhodes, Gambling Commission CEO, commented: “We are pleased to have officially awarded the fourth licence to Allwyn following a highly successful competition and the court’s decision to lift the suspension on the award process. We now look forward to working with all parties to ensure a smooth and efficient handover."

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