The Canadian firm has made a fortune from the UK lottery for 27 years, but now faces strong contenders

Four rivals are vying for the 10-year licence to run the national lottery, a lucrative contract that has been the sole preserve of Canadian-owned Camelot for nearly three decades.

Czech-owned Sazka Group, which runs lotteries in Greece, Italy and Austria as well as its home country, is seen as the greatest threat to Camelot’s castle walls. It has recruited some boardroom heavyweights to help in its attempt to breach them, via a new UK venture called Allwyn.

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