How many major (over £50,000) National Lottery winners from 1994-2020 share the same surname as the person who first validated the winning ticket?

Chester J. Lampwick made this Freedom of Information request to Gambling Commission

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Gambling Commission did not have the information requested.

Chester J. Lampwick

Dear Gambling Commission,

Please can you provide the following information regarding Camelot and the National Lottery?

How many of the major (over £50,000) National Lottery and Scratch card winners from November 1994-December 2020 share the same surname as the person who first validated the winning ticket?

How many of those cases where lottery and scratch card winners who shared the same surname as the first person who validated the winning ticket were investigated as possibly suspicious or cases of retailer fraud?

How many successful fraud by false representation prosecutions (if any) have been made by Camelot in regard to the national lottery and all scratch card games from November 1994 to December 2020?

How many of those prosecutions made by Camelot were detected by means of internal audit and/or internal investigation?

How many cases of retailer fraud were reported to Camelot by customers from November 1994 to December 2020?

How many of those cases of retailer fraud reported to Camelot by customers (1994-2020) were investigated?

Thank you very much for your time and assistance with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Chester J. Lampwick

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information which we are processing as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We aim to deal with all requests promptly and in any event, no later than 20 working days in line with the statutory requirement. In this case 26/01/2021

For information on how we process your personal information please see our freedom of information request specific privacy notice on the Gambling Commission website

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

show quoted sections

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested:

1.How many of the major (over £50,000) National Lottery and Scratch card winners from November 1994-December 2020 share the same surname as the person who first validated the winning ticket?
2.How many of those cases where lottery and scratch card winners who shared the same surname as the first person who validated the winning ticket were investigated as possibly suspicious or cases of retailer fraud?
3.How many successful fraud by false representation prosecutions (if any) have been made by Camelot in regard to the national lottery and all scratch card games from November 1994 to December 2020?
4.How many of those prosecutions made by Camelot were detected by means of internal audit and/or internal investigation?
5.How many cases of retailer fraud were reported to Camelot by customers from November 1994 to December 2020?
6.How many of those cases of retailer fraud reported to Camelot by customers (1994-2020) were investigated?

Having completed a check of our records, I can confirm that the Commission does not hold information falling within the scope of your request.

The Commission has visibility of Camelot’s controls in respect of retailer fraud as the regulator of the National Lottery, undertaking periodic compliance work around this and is notified of some specific instances of fraud.

This information may be processed by Camelot as the operator of the National Lottery.

Kind regards

Review of the decision

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your Freedom of Information request and wish us to conduct a review of our decision, you should write to FOI Team, Gambling Commission, 4th floor, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4BP or by reply to this email.

If you are not content with the outcome of our review, you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have already exhausted the review procedure provided by the Gambling Commission. The ICO can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please return it to the address it came from indicating that you are not the intended recipient and delete it from your system. Do not copy, distribute or take action based on this email. Freedom of Information requests can be submitted either by email ([email address]) or by writing to: FOI request Gambling Commission Victoria Square House Victoria Square Birmingham B2 4BP Please clearly state that your request is under the Freedom of Information Act.