Camelot Fined £3 Million Over Fraudulent Lottery Payout
The UK National Lottery operator Camelot has been fined £3 million after paying out a fraudulent ticket in 2009.
The Gambling Commission found Camelot in breach of its licensing conditions and issued the fine. The payout was reportedly £2.5 million for a damaged tickets. However, investigations haven’t yet uncovered where the funds went. According to the commission’s chief executive, Sarah Harrison, the priority is to ensure that the National Lottery is run fairly with adequate player protection.
However, she added that the investigation found this to be a one off case and that they lottery has since introduced controls to ensure that it can’t happen again. Camelot has apologised for the failure and said that it is confident that this type of thing will not happen again. Last July the lottery was fined £300,000 for publishing inaccurate Lotto Millionaire raffle results on its website and in the past a miscalculated Lotto Jackpot prize resulted in a £100,000 penalty.