by Mateusz Mazur

IGT Withdraws Appeal Against Gambling Commission Over National Lottery Licence Award

International Game Technology (IGT) has recently withdrawn its appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the award of the Fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn.

This decision marks the end of a legal challenge against the Gambling Commission following the High Court ruling on 28 July 2023.

Legal Proceedings Come to a Close

IGT initially sought permission to appeal against the High Court’s decision that ruled out its legal standing to claim damages against the Gambling Commission. However, on 9 January 2024, the Court of Appeal granted IGT’s request to dismiss its appeal, effectively concluding the legal proceedings.

In response to the withdrawal of the appeal, the Gambling Commission maintains its stance that the competition for the Fourth National Lottery licence was conducted fairly and lawfully, adhering to statutory duties. The Commission’s focus remains on implementing the decision for the benefit of lottery participants and good causes.

Transition to the Fourth National Lottery Licence

The Fourth National Lottery Licence, set to be granted on 1 February 2024, signifies a new era for one of the world’s largest lotteries. Since its inception in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £47 billion for good causes across the UK, impacting various sectors including arts, sports, heritage, and communities.

Allwyn, as the new operator of the National Lottery, has pledged substantial investment to drive growth and innovation across the lottery’s products and channels. This commitment aims to increase contributions to Good Causes while safeguarding participants and upholding propriety.

Our Comment on the Article

The withdrawal of IGT’s appeal against the Gambling Commission signifies a pivotal moment in the ongoing evolution of the National Lottery. This development underscores the importance of a transparent and fair licensing process in the gambling industry.

The Commission’s commitment to fair competition and Allwyn’s future plans for the National Lottery point towards a promising future, with a focus on growth, innovation, and increased support for good causes. As the National Lottery prepares to enter a new phase under Allwyn’s stewardship, it remains a vital institution in the UK, not only as a source of entertainment but also as a significant contributor to societal and community development.

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