The National Lottery Commission
The National Lottery Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating the National Lottery.
The NLC protect the integrity of the Lottery; protect players; and maximise funds to good causes. NLC also run the competition for the licence and select the operator of the Lottery.
The National Lottery Commission is a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. We operate at arm’s length from government and the decisions are independent. NLC's work is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF) the good causes portion of National Lottery ticket sales.
The coalition government announced in late 2010 that it intends to merge the Commission with the Gambling Commission. In order to achieve cost savings, ahead of the merger NLC will be relocating from central London to the Gambling Commission’s office in Birmingham.
NLC's seven Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and meet each month to make decisions about new Lottery licences and other developments affecting the Lottery. They also appoint the full-time Chief Executive.