The Lottery Commission says uncertainty over the National Lottery will continue for months because it is hamstrung in choosing a new licensee. A spokesman said: "It could take months. We are choosing between two very big organisations, and the stakes are high. Whichever one we do choose in the end, the loser can contest the decision in court as happened before." Camelot is submitting a revised bid for the seven year licence this week, following its successful High Court appeal. Its new submission will be compared to an updated People's Lottery bid which is the commissioners have. The commission could give no timescale on reaching a decision, because the amended submission from Camelot must be explored in depth. The commission's decision in September to reject both bids but carry on discussions with the People's Lottery came after two months delay. The watchdog has now agreed with Camelot to renew its licence for a short term to allow sufficient time for a smooth changeover. The Association of Convenience stores welcomed the prospect of an interim contract, starting when the existing one expires in October 2001, but said it must last five months long to avoid Christmas. A commission spokesman said sales would not be disrupted, whatever the outcome. {{NEWS }}