Allwyn takes over as the National Lottery operator with a commitment to raise more money for good causes

From Thursday 1st February 2024, global lottery operator Allwyn became the operator of the National Lottery, taking over from Camelot in its first change of operator in 30 years.

Allwyn will hold the licence to operate the National Lottery until January 2034. Camelot had previously held the licence from the Lottery’s inception in 1994 until earlier this month.

The UK’s National Lottery raises more than £30 million each week for good causes. In 2023 it received a record £1.8 million from ticket sales. Since launching in 1994, players have raised in excess of £48 billion for more than 685,000 good causes across the country, and Allwyn has said that it plans to keep this amount rising.

Allwyn’s licence to operate the Lottery includes a new ‘Incentive Mechanism’, which means that all National Lottery products will support good causes at the same level. It also means that Allwyn will only see profits if money raised for good causes increases. 

Among other planned changes, Allwyn aims to create a net zero National Lottery, and will also invest a ring-fenced £1 million every year from its own profits into social value initiatives, in collaboration with its operational and business partners.

As part of its move to net zero, Allwyn has moved its London office from Westminster to much smaller offices at King’s Cross, within the National Council for Voluntary Opportunities (NCVO) offices.

The new building is smaller and will ensure a “substantial saving on annual lease costs for our organisation”, an NLCF commented. 

The grant-maker said it wanted to reduce its carbon footprint with the move, stating in its most recent accounts that occupancy rates in its offices had remained low as its staff continued to work from home.

NLCF also said it hoped to embed its London office, which it will share with Bond, Refugee Action and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, within the voluntary sector.

The funder’s Birmingham office, located in Apex House, Edgbaston is its registered address and central base. 

Sources: Civil Society News and UK Fundraising.