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IGT has announced its supplier contract for the UK National Lottery has been extended, just days after discontinuing legal action against the UKGC’s tender process.

The provider will continue to supply the National Lottery’s core lottery system ahead of a switchover to a new platform, planned as part of a raft of changes under new licensee Allwyn.

“We are pleased to continue to support the operation of the National Lottery, working alongside a range of other suppliers and Allwyn,” said IGT global lottery COO Jay Gendron.

IGT previously supplied the lottery technology for Camelot, which served as the National Lottery operator ever since the competition’s inception in 1994.

But in March 2022, the Gambling Commission chose Allwyn as its preferred bidder for a lucrative 10-year contract as part of a new tender process.

The competitive tender included bids from several well-known lottery operators, including Flutter-owned Sisal, Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, and Camelot, which was named as the reserve applicant.

Bidders launch legal action following tender

Both Camelot and IGT separately launched High Court legal challenges against the decision to award the licence to Allwyn.

The action led to the court opting to suspend the awarding of the licence until the end of the proceedings, although this was lifted in June 2022.

While Camelot ended all legal proceedings in September that year, IGT continued, seeking only damages, instead of aiming to reverse the tender decision.

In the suit, IGT claimed the loss of the contract led to loss of reputation, goodwill and the ability to win similar contracts.

Camelot was later acquired by Allwyn from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in a £100m deal that completed last February.

A July 2023 defeat in the High Court led to IGT appealing to the Court of Appeal. However, the provider recently opted to pause the legal proceedings, asking for its case to be dismissed.

According to media reports, Health Lottery operator Northern & Shell is still engaged in legal action against the UKGC, alleging the tender process was flawed and unfair.

As such, Desmond is seeking £200m in damages. The group is citing European law as part of the action, despite Desmond himself being a public supporter of Britain’s exit from the EU.

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