Camelot UK Lotteries has ticked off the first stage of the National Lottery tender process by completing the Gambling Commission’s Selection Questionnaire.

Camelot has been running the National Lottery since 1994 and it was almost a certainty that it would bid to retain the operating licence in the fourth tender which will be decided in September next year.

The operator has confirmed it completed the Gambling Commission’s selection questionnaire ahead of the deadline, but will not commit to bidding until it has seen the final Invitation to Apply (ITA), which the Gambling Commission will send to operators it believes should be invited to make full applications.

A spokesperson told iGB: “With three years of successive growth resulting in record sales in 2019-20, the National Lottery, under Camelot’s stewardship, is in its best-ever shape – and our immediate focus is on continuing to keep it strong and healthy for the benefit of everyone, and raising even more money for society at a time when funding has never been more vital.”

The Gambling Commission has refused to comment on how many responses it has received to the selection questionnaire. Czech Republic’s Sazka Group and India’s Sugal & Damani are the only other operators to have confirmed that they completed the questionnaire to enter the race against Camelot.