Camelot Defends Its Anti Lottoland Crusade
The ongoing battle between Camelot and private lottery providers like Lottoland is heating up once again. It is no secret that the size and rate at which the Gibraltar based Lottoland is growing is a real threat to the UK national lottery operator. The two have clashed in the last few years and from what it seems the rivalry will only intensify.
The latest blow to Lottoland and victory for Camelot is the successful attempt by Camelot to get the UK government to look into the lottery betting model of companies like Lottoland who allow punters to bet on the outcome of major lotteries often at a cheaper price that the actual lotteries themselves. In addition Camelot are quick to point out that not only are Lottoland selling cheaper tickets but more importantly money that is designated to Good Causes in Camelot is being lost to punters purchasing tickets on private lotteries like Lottoland.
Currently Lottoland are using a legal loophole to bypass the system but now the UK government is set to look into their business model with a fine toothcomb. Camelot of course deny any claims that they are protecting their monopoly and simple state that their main intention is to ensure Good Causes are not losing out on vital funding.
In a statement Camelot said,” The National Lottery was purposely set up by Government in 1994 as a single-operator model – as this is the most effective for maximising returns for Good Causes; this has been proven by the fact that we have raised over £36 billion ($44 billion / €42 billion) for Good Causes to date. The National Lottery was purposely set up by Government in 1994 as a single-operator model – as this is the most effective for maximising returns for Good Causes; this has been proven by the fact that we have raised over £36 billion ($44 billion / €42 billion) for Good Causes to date. Lottoland and others are circumventing this legislation by taking bets on the outcome of EuroMillions in another one of the nine participating countries – but EuroMillions is the same game across all nine countries with one single common draw conducted in Paris, one set of balls selected, one prize pool and one set of rules.”
Lottoland are keeping pretty quiet and are sticking to their claims that they are trying to offer players the chance to win lottery prizes outside the Camelot monopoly and will continue to lead the way in the online lottery purchasing market.