As uncertainty continued to cloud the future of the National Lottery, the favourite to win the franchise moved to reassure existing lottery retailers. Any retailer with a Camelot lottery terminal will automatically receive a People's Lottery one, and the company is emphatic that they will be delivered on time. The People's Lottery has decided, if it wins the licence, to take on Camelot's "real estate" said chief executive Simon Burridge last week. "We weren't given access to information on retailers or their sales figures," said Burridge, "so we took a decision that it would be invidious to remove people without giving them a chance to prove themselves." Non-Camelot retailers who want to sell the People's Lottery tickets should write and apply, he said. Burridge was confident the terminals would be installed, even though more than 25,000 will need to be installed before October 1 next year. A "detailed day by day plan" will see the necessary equipment manufactured and installed in time for the changeover, he said. It will not cost retailers anything to have the new equipment installed. Burridge also pledged that the commission percentage received by retailers would be maintained at 5%. However, he said internet sales, being commission-free, would reduce the overall total of commission paid. Burridge would not speculate on the percentage of sales that will take place over the internet. Meanwhile Camelot won the first round of its fight to overturn the Lottery Commission's rejection of its bid. The High Court granted Camelot a Judicial Review of the Commission's decision, which is expected to take place on September 15. {{NEWS }}