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It has now been nearly a decade since the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 which governs society lotteries. In that time, and in recent years particularly, there have been rapid developments in the lottery and commercial gambling sector. Strong growth in society lotteries, a trend to online gaming and innovations in products and marketing have seen, arguably, a convergence in the market; the evidence available would suggest the characteristics that once made The National Lottery, society lotteries and the commercial gambling sector distinct, are now less clear.
The Government is committed to ensuring that all lotteries are able to maintain and grow their share of the market for good causes while upholding player protection. We are also committed to maintaining the health of the National Lottery. We are now calling for evidence to help us look more closely at the current position and consider if changes are required in light of that evidence.
We invite submissions from across the sectors, from The National Lottery, society lotteries, commercial operators, players and other interested parties and we encourage feedback to the questions asked in this document.