In the latest update on its website, the Gambling Commission said:
On 29 June, the High Court lifted an automatic suspension that prevented the Gambling Commission from formally awarding the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment UK (Allwyn).
Two parties – Camelot and IGT – subsequently asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal this decision.
Today – 14 July – the Court granted permission to appeal. This means the automatic suspension remains in place, pending the outcome of appeal proceedings. The appeal hearing is likely to take place in the week of 12 September.
Throughout the litigation process, we have been clear that disrupting the implementation of Allwyn’s plans would present potentially severe consequences for the National Lottery and good causes. It also risks the National Lottery not operating to its full potential at the start of the fourth licence.
We are, obviously, disappointed with this outcome, but respect the court’s decision. The appeal process will generate challenges for the transition to the fourth licence and further delay to the award of the licence to Allwyn. We regret the decision by third parties to bring legal proceedings following the outcome of a highly successful competition for the fourth National Lottery licence, actions which could impact transition to the Fourth Licence and, ultimately, funding for good causes.
Nevertheless, it remains our priority to ensure a seamless transition between the third and fourth National Lottery licences, so that players can continue to enjoy playing the National Lottery fairly, safely and claim their prizes, and so that the National Lottery continues to deliver for good causes in every corner of the UK.
In order to protect the integrity of the process, we will not be able to discuss the specifics until litigation has concluded.