Independent retailers believe Camelot should keep the National Lottery licence as bidding for a third term, running from 2009, kicked off this week.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said the boss of one of The Grocer Top 50 retail chains, summing up others’ thoughts.
Another said: “Camelot has done an excellent job. Consistency and certainty are extremely important.”
Retailers also said they backed government proposals to extend the next National Lottery licence beyond the seven-year term. “We are in favour of extending the licence to more than seven years since a longer time period would encourage the operator to invest more in innovation,” said one.
The National Lottery Commission has published input. Bidders include Gala, the bingo and casino operator, Sir Richard Branson’s People’s Lottery and Littlewoods Gaming.
Responses include a letter from Spar UK calling on the government not to allow several lottery operators and requesting a transparent bidding process.