Camelot is to start rolling out new lottery terminals
it claims are speedier.
New communications equipment had already been installed in more than 5,000 retailers and, subject to final testing, the new terminals would start to reach retailers by August, it said.
The new terminals had faster printing and touchscreens for easier use and would cut queues, it claimed. They would also give all retailers the ability to print Fast Pay cards, launched in Tesco in 2005.
National Lottery sales rose 1.1% to £4.9bn in the year to 31 March. Scratchcard sales rose 19.6% to £1.1bn, boosted by new games including Deal or No Deal, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Rich for Life. This meant commission paid to retailers since the lottery began had reached £3.3bn.
"This has been a very successful year but we need to ensure we continue to focus on efficiency in order to deliver even more money to good causes," said CEO Dianne Thompson.