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NonProfit Barnardo’s Set To Take Over National Lottery

Sun Apr 18 2021

Barnardo’s have put in a joint bid for the National lottery license

Well known children’s charity Barnardo’s has submitted a joint bid to run the UK’s fourth National Lottery license with an Italian lottery operator in hopes their involvement would highlight their charitable work and give the UK public a deeper understanding of what they do. 


Commenting on the bid the Nonprofit said they couldn’t reveal what their offer was but that the partnership with Italian lottery operator Sisal represented a very significant income opportunity for them.

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We are pleased to be working with Sisal in bidding to revitalise the UK National Lottery, which generates substantial funds for worthy causes across the UK. Our involvement will strengthen the partnership’s focus on player protection and responsible play, while deepening understanding of the UK charity sector and how it works to make a difference in the heart of local communities.

Javed Khan - chief executive, Barnardo’s

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A Sisal spokesperson added that Barnardo’s involvement brought an unparalleled understanding of the UK’s charity landscape to the bid and would ensure a best practise approach to player protection at all times as they were committed to responsible gaming with a strong focus on product and digital innovation.

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We know the powerful positive impact games and lotteries can have when they are fun to play and they are directed toward serving a good cause. We believe lottery operators have the duty to generate resources in a responsible way and should lead the industry in raising the bar for player protection. Our focus is to make the lottery safer and an even better source of funds for good causes.

Francesco Durante – CEO, Sisal

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As before, the winning bid will be granted to operate the National Lottery for the next decade, with a decision expected from the Gambling Commission sometime this year.


Camelot have run the National lottery since winning the first bin back in 1994. Their current license was awarded to them in 2009 but was extended by four years and is set to expire on 31st Jan 2023.

During a National Audit Office review in 2017 it was found that Camelot’s profits had risen by 122% over seven years whilst their returns to good causes had only increased by 2%.


During the 2019/20 period National Lottery ticket sales reached £7.91bn, with £1.85bn raised for good causes.

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