National lottery operator Camelot is to lose its monopoly under government proposals to be unveiled this week.
The Observer said that in a bid to revive falling National Lottery sales, the government’s culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, will outline plans to split the licences for the main game and the scratchcards. Games played on mobile phones and the internet will also have a separate licence.
Competition for the new licences could start in two years, to be effective from 2009.