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The National Lottery began in November 1994. Since then, it has raised over £42 billion for good causes and backed over 565,000 projects.

There are four parties that contribute to running the Lottery:

The third licence to run the Lottery came into force in February 2009 and expires in 2023. In August 2020, the Gambling Commission launched the fourth licensing competition. The award of the next licence will be announced in October 2021, with a transition period from then until July 2023. The fourth licence will begin in August 2023. 

This Paper gives a brief overview of how the Lottery works and some of the issues that have been raised about its future. These include:

  • whether the minimum age for playing should be raised from 16 to 18;
  • the need to better publicise the Lottery’s benefits to good causes.

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