Did it every come to your mind that who is the owner of UK lottery? Such great deals of funds are invested in this business, that it is very natural to think that the owners of the UK lottery must be extremely rich. The UK lottery is actually possessed by several stockholders, which means that the profit earned is equally distributed amongst the stockholders who help in getting the company funded.
Currently, UK lottery is under the control of a company known as the Camelot. It looks after the various promotional campaigns and payouts. It makes certain that all runs well. Camelot’s sovereignty began in the year 2001, when they won the bid for that year’s franchise. This bid is open in every eight years, and in this bid, the ownership of UK lottery is given over to a company, which is selected by The National Lottery Commission.
The National Lottery Commission is however not responsible for act of Camelot. It also does not distribute any of the winnings. It was set up to ensure that all players get equally treated. It is not a government-operated company, and has a staff of just 50 people. The head office is located in Watford, even though most staff are from London itself.
To assist with the shifting of the license to another, the National Lottery Commission is composed of five directors: Resources, Licensing, the Project Team, Compliance, and Performance and Communications. The commission members are employed by the Secretary of State for culture, media, and sport. They also have the responsibility to appoint the Chief Executive, and make judgment regarding the lottery and licenses.
The Commission also looks after grievances that weren’t suitably handled by the company who has the UK lottery franchise. They confirm that no one below age participates in the game, and that players are not greatly spending on this. The Commission also supervises several things undertaken by Camelot, however they don’t interfere much into the coordination or operation of the game. The commission is also responsible to ensure that the fund is allocated correctly.
Wealth collected from the lottery is divided between the award and diverse good causes. A part of the fund directly goes to the UK government, the people who sell lottery, suppliers of lottery cards or tickets. A part of it also goes as Camelot’s profit. Parliament has set that 28p per pound, should go for some welfare cause. Many people see this as a type of stealth tax; however this goes to maintain the Big Lottery money. A part of the fund raised by Dream Number lottery is kept for the Olympics and Paralympics of 2012.
As per the standards established by the Commission, the players have to be more than 16 to participate. Camelot takes part in both scratch cards game as well as the number matching ones. Lotto however is the most popular of all the games. Players who want to participate in the ‘pick-the-number’ games can try it on either Wednesdays or Saturdays. The Daily Play takes place every day of the week with the exception of Sundays. Those who wish to have large jackpots, they can opt for the EuroMillion. It has a rolling jackpot, which covers every part of Europe.