Ensuring a fair Lottery for the nation
£33 billion for good causes
£53 billion in prizes
About the National Lottery Commission
The National Lottery Commission merged with the Gambling Commission on 1 October 2013. As part of the Gambling Commission, it is responsible for licensing and regulating the National Lottery.
We protect the integrity of the Lottery; protect players; and maximise funds to good causes. We also run the competition for the licence and select the operator of the Lottery.
The Commission has the following powers:
- We run the competition process to select the operator of the Lottery.
- We make sure that the operator meets the conditions of the licence.
- We can take legal action if necessary. If the operator breaks the conditions of the licence, we can impose a financial penalty. Ultimately we could withdraw a licence, but that would only happen under extreme circumstances.
Page last reviewed: September 2013