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Prior information notice
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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Notice of the Upcoming Competition for the Fourth UK National Lottery Licence
The Gambling Commission intends to undertake a process to award a licence (or licences) to continue the success of the UK National Lottery. The current licence to operate the National Lottery expires in 2023 and we have established a team to engage with the market and design and manage the competition. We want to look globally for the best ideas, innovations and experiences to create a National Lottery that is fit for the future. To do that we want to talk to potential operators and supply chain partners who might want to participate in the next competition.
The UK National Lottery is one of the world’s largest lotteries. Every month 14 000 000 people take part in the draw-based games and more play its range of instant wins, with 6 900 000 000 sales last year alone, we believe, however there is still significant untapped potential for growth which retains the principles of being responsible, safe and fair.
The context for the National Lottery has changed since the third licence was awarded. For example, technology based products and services have been widely introduced and continue to change rapidly. We want to explore opportunities for innovation and flexibility for the fourth licence and we want to ensure that the National Lottery is relevant and attractive to all parts of society, inline with our priorities and statutory duties. We would like to hear from existing lottery operators, new entrants, businesses and investors interested in the National Lottery, which could include end-to-end solution operators and/or finance or technology providers.
We are undertaking initial market engagement between now and the end of January 2019 with more detailed discussions thereafter. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email the team at: 4NLCengagement@gamblingcommission.gov.uk
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This notice is not intended as a call for competition but simply to provide advance notice of an envisaged future process and to invite dialogue from organisations that may be interested in participating. Publication of this PIN under Directive 2014/24/EU should not be taken to imply that any future competition will be subject to this, or any other, EU procurement directive: the applicable legal regime will depend on the precise nature of the arrangement(s) being tendered and will be set out in any formal notice for the competition.
Please note: No decision has yet been taken on whether the competition will be for a single licence or for multiple licences (i.e. whether there will be single or multiple lots) and if so on the nature of, and rules around tendering, for any such multiple lots. For the avoidance of doubt, II.1.6) above is an indication only that no decision has currently been taken as to whether or not there will be multiple lots. These issues will be informed by the market engagement exercise and will be decided prior to the launch of any formal notice for the competition. Further information about the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition opportunity can be found by visiting www.4NLC.com