The Association of Convenience Stores and lottery operator Camelot have welcomed a new report criticising plans to split the next lottery licence.
A report by the independent scrutiny committee looking into the draft gambling bill says the proposals are impractical. But the committee does suggest that a more competitive tendering process within the single licence system could stimulate greater profits for good causes.
ACS chief executive David Rae said: “ACS recognises the government’s desire to increase sales and profits for good causes. However ACS has a number of operational concerns about the impact of a split licence on retailers. The concept of splitting the licence raises concerns for retailers from the possibility of multiple pay terminals and
competing point of sale requirements to multiple invoicing and squeeze on retailer profitability.”
The scrutiny committee’s report echoes the concerns of the select committee for culture, media and sport in March on splitting the next lottery licence. Camelot said breaking the lottery up between competing operators would be dangerous: “Aside from the regulator - there is no support for the multiple operator approach.”