Camelot - UK National Lottery Operators
Camelot Group Plc was first awarded the licence to operate the UK’s National Lottery in 1994 and was granted a second seven-year lottery licence in January 2002. Its third licence was due to last for ten years from 2009, but in March 2012 the National Lottery Commission decided to extend it by a further four years, meaning that the company will be in charge of the National Lottery until at least 2023.
The first game Camelot launched was Lotto, known as The National Lottery at the time, on 19th November 1994. Since then, the group has introduced Thunderball, Lotto HotPicks and a host of scratchcards as well as being instrumental in the creation of the huge multinational lottery EuroMillions.
EuroMillions was launched in 2004 in association with Française des Jeux of France and Loterías y Apuestas del Estado in Spain. Such was the popularity of the game that six other countries joined later that same year and, in 2011 a Tuesday evening draw was added to complement the original Friday night draw. EuroMillions continues to attract huge numbers of players throughout the participating nations and has generated the largest jackpots of any European lottery.
On January 25th 2018, Camelot lauched EuroMillions HotPicks as a supplementary game played alongside the main EuroMillions draws. The game is played in a similar way to their earlier Lotto HotPicks, with players winning prizes for correctly guessing how many EuroMillions numbers they would match.
Camelot Group Plc is currently owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and uses “Serving nations’ dreams. Putting players first” as its mission statement. During its tenure, more than 4,250 millionaires have been created and more than £34billion has been raised for good causes.