Health Lottery wins victory over Camelot

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The Independent Online

Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express, hailed a victory for his Health Lottery after a failure to close it down by Camelot, the National Lottery operator. The High Court rejected Camelot's call for a judicial review into the Gambling Commission's decision to let the Health Lottery carry on operating.

Camelot argued its rival had breached the rules that are meant to grant it monopoly status by buying a regional network of lotteries and promoting them nationally. The National Lottery operator, bought two years ago for £389m by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, fears the decision could pave the way for a spate of new lotteries that would eat into its tickets sales and jackpots.