The new lottery backed by Daily Express owner Richard Desmond has come under fire for supposedly taking cash away from the good causes aided by the National Lottery.

Desmond launched his Health in September last month in a hail of publicity, aiming to raise cash for local health charities.

But critics say the new game gives less money to good causes than the National Lottery and is eating into sales of its Camelot-run rival –  claims denied by Desmond’s Northern & Shell business.

Acevo, which represents 2,000 UK charities, has written to supermarkets asking them to ditch the Health Lottery. The new lottery has been widely supported by the major multiples, with Tesco, Morrisons and Asda among those to sell tickets.

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