National lottery: Richard Desmond takes legal action over licence award

Billionaire follows Camelot in high court bids to overturn decision to let Czech firm Allwyn run draw

Companies owned by the billionaire Richard Desmond have launched legal action against the UK’s gambling regulator’s decision to grant Czech-owned Allwyn the licence to run the National Lottery.

Desmond’s Northern & Shell and a subsidiary, the New Lottery Company, have taken legal action against the Gambling Commission, according to a high court filing dated 13 April – becoming the third party to challenge the award.

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