Camelot’s plans for daily draws from September are bad news for rural retailers, according to the Rural Shops Alliance.

The lottery operator is considering holding daily draws from September, subject to approval from the regulator, part of a tranche of initiatives to “refresh the lottery”.

RSA manager Sean Carter said community retailers could be faced with longer opening hours, extra costs and diminishing returns.

He said there was little demand for extended opening hours in small communities. “The major concern is that if there is a daily draw, does the retailer have to stay open until 7.30pm every day? That could mean the extra costs of employing someone else.”

Carter said the RSA has also raised its concerns with Camelot that a daily draw would dilute the current two days’ sales over seven days.