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Monday, 18 December, 2000, 22:47 GMT
National Lottery - the draw for the draw

Camelot has won the contract to run the National Lottery for the next seven years. BBC News Online looks back at the events leading up to the decision.

December 20th 2000

Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson will decide in the New Year whether to contest the reselection of Camelot to run the National Lottery for another seven years. Culture Secretary Chris Smith has indicated that he is unhappy with the process for deciding which company should run the National Lottery.

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December 19th 2000

Lord Burns, Chairman of the Lottery Commission
Lord Burns, Chairman of the Lottery Commission
Camelot is awarded the licence to run the National Lottery for a further seven years instead of Sir Richard Branson's People's Lottery. Chairman of the Lottery Commission Lord Burns appears to have changed the minds of his other commissioners.

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December 18th 2000

Camelot's Dianne Thompson outside the High Court
Camelot's Dianne Thompson outside the High Court
A meeting to decide who will run the National Lottery for the next seven years continues for hours longer than expected after a top-level team said they needed more time to reach a decision.

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August 2000

Branson's People's Lottery promises razzamatazz
Branson's People's Lottery promises razzamatazz
Four months ago the National Lottery Commission failed to choose a winner between Camelot and Sir Richard Branson's People's Lottery, fuelling speculation that whoever took over would not have time to get important infrastructure in place.

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November 1994

One of the first lottery winners, Ken Southwell
One of the first lottery winners, Ken Southwell
Back in 1994 the UK's first lottery winners were being announced and the spectacle of instant riches gripped an eager public, with players nationwide itching to say "It won't change me".

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May 1994

Filling in a lottery ticket
Filling in a lottery ticket
Earlier that year Camelot were granted the UK licence, beating a consortium run by Sir Richard Branson and Lord Young. There was controversy at the time that the licence had been won by a profit making company.

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