GTech defends its ethics to lottery watchdog

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THE National Lottery regulator, Oflot, is expected to make a swift decision on the future of GTech, shareholders in Camelot, after receiving a submission from the company yesterday about its business practices. GTech responded to a demand by John Stoker, Oflot's acting head, that it supply documents proving that it is "fit and proper" to be involved in running the lottery. A libel jury decided last month that Guy Snowden, the former head of United States-based GTech, had tried to bribe Richard Branson into withdrawing his bid to run the lottery. Mr Stoker said the company must dispel concern about its ethics and business practices.

Ten million pounds 1 scratchcards aimed at raising money for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund went on sale yesterday, launched by the pools company Littlewoods.