The pan-European draw, to be conducted with France and Spain, will be the biggest of 10 new games designed to reverse falling sales of tickets, according to the Sunday Times. Games on an Olympics theme are also planned as the cornerstone of Camelot’s drive to raise the £1.5bn it will contribute to London’s 2012 Olympics bid.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Express reported that Richard Branson could approach the government with an offer to run the Olympic Lottery on a non-profit basis. The paper suggests Branson will make his move today after Camelot has its monopoly removed, which will open up the various Lotto games to competition.
The Irish press said that Dublin-based Batchelors Foods is set to be sold by its British owner Northern Foods.
The company, which manufactures Batchelors beans and peas and Squeez orange juice, is to be put on the market as Northern Foods seeks to dispose of a number of non-core businesses.
The reports said that a management group at Batchelors, which employs around 280 staff in Ireland, may make an offer for the business.
Northern Foods may provide further details of the disposal plan when it reports full year results on 28 May.