Critics say Gambling Commission’s move in legal row risks depriving good causes in UK of up to £800m

The gambling regulator will ask a court to force through its award of the next national lottery contract to the Czech-owned newcomer Allwyn, in a move critics say risks depriving good causes of up to £800m.

The Gambling Commission awarded the fourth national lottery licence to Allwyn earlier this year, triggering an immediate legal challenge from the incumbent Camelot and the media tycoon Richard Desmond, who also lost out in the competition for the lucrative licence.

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