National lottery operator Camelot has announced plans for a major overhaul of its IT infrastructure and systems.
The news comes with the National Lottery Commission's confirmation of Camelot's preferred bidder status to run the lottery for the next 10 years. This means that Camelot and the Commission only need agree to the final form of the licence for it to be secured.
To oversee the IT-led project, Camelot aims to appoint a transition director to coordinate its “most ambitious programme of transformation since the lottery launched in 1994”.
Under the plans, which will be finalised by next month, state-of-the-art technology and networks are set to be introduced in order to facilitate the rapid launch of new games on the company’s three platforms: retail, online and interactive television.
Camelot also plans to launch a lottery draw with players around the world, plus a series of frequently refreshed limited edition games and new online games and multiplayer competitions.
New computer systems are set to be introduced, and existing hardware will upgraded. The number of lottery terminals in retail outlets will be increased from 26,300 to 27,600 by 2009, and 27,500 in-store promotional multimedia screens will be rolled out.
Camelot is also expanding its Fast Pay service, where players can buy tickets with their groceries instead of having to go separately to a lottery terminal, to 11 new retail groups.
Camelot claims to run “one of the most cost-efficient lotteries in the world”, with operating costs at 5% of total revenue.