Timeline: 28 years of the national lottery under Camelot

Camelot is losing franchise for the first time since the first national lottery took place in 1994

Why did Camelot lose the UK national lottery licence?Karel Komárek profile: the entrepreneur who will run UK national lottery

1993: the Conservative government of John Major sets up the national lottery. It is franchised to a private operator, Canadian-owned Camelot, the following year.

1994; nearly 22 million people watch the first ever national lottery draw, broadcast via a special primetime TV event hosted by Noel Edmonds.

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