How much money in prizes was paid out compared to the amount of prizes available on scratch cards sold in the Uk since January 2010

Life of Paul made this Freedom of Information request to Gambling Commission

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Dear Gambling Commission,

Would it be possible to know how much was paid out on scratch cards compared to the amount that was available when a scratch card was released since January 2010

For example, if a scratch card had 5 million in total available prizes when it was released, how much of those prizes were claimed before the card was withdrawn.

Yours faithfully,

Life of Paul

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

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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 ‘how much was paid out on scratchcards compared to the amount that was available when a scratch card was released since January 2010.’

I can confirm that we do hold information in regards to prizes claimed for Scratchcards. However, in order to provide this information we would be required to individually review daily reports generated form the National Lottery audit platform to establish what prizes were claimed.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for public authorities, such as the Commission, is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

We estimate that it would take in excess of 18 hours to determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract any relevant information in reference to your request, as there are approximately 3000 reports which contain relevant information and would need to be checked individually.

When a public authority applies the Section 12 exemption to a request, the FOIA guidance specifically states that a public authority should avoid providing any information found as a result of a search as it denies the requestor the right to express a preference as to which parts of the request they may wish to receive within the appropriate time limit. Guidance on the application of section 12 can be viewed here:

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If you are able to narrow your request, we may be able to provide some data by working up to the time limit.

Until we are able to process the search and retrieval of the information you have requested, that can be provided within the statutory time limit, we are unable to ascertain if other exemptions will apply to the material retrieved, which would also prevent disclosure.

Please note, any refined request would be processed as a new request and the 20 working day statutory time limit would apply.

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Gambling Commission
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Birmingham B2 4BP

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