More funds diverted to good causes?
Barnardo’s is bidding to run the National Lottery in a joint venture with an Italian company.
The children’s charity said if successful the move would deepen understanding of the UK charity sector.
Italian lottery operator Sisal announced its entry into the Gambling Commission’s competition to run the UK National Lottery earlier this week saying Barnardo’s involvement would strengthen its bid.
Camelot has run the National Lottery since it began in 1994. Its current licence expires in January 2023.
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s said: “We are pleased to be working with Sisal in bidding to revitalise the UK National Lottery, which generates substantial funds for worthy causes across the UK.
“Our involvement will strengthen the partnership’s focus on player protection and responsible play, while deepening understanding of the UK charity sector and how it works to make a difference in the heart of local communities.”
A decision on the bid will be made by the Gambling Commission later this year.
Sisal’s chief executive, Francesco Durante, said: “We know the powerful positive impact games and lotteries can have when they are fun to play and they are directed toward serving a good cause.”
“We believe lottery operators have the duty to generate resources in a responsible way and should lead the industry in raising the bar for player protection.
“Our focus is to make the lottery safer and an even better source of funds for good causes.”
Ticket sales in 2019/20 generated £1.85bn for good causes.