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25 septembre, 00:13, par Penni Gottshall

A Czech billionaire’s gambling firm will take over the UK’s , it has been confirmed, bringing an end to Camelot’s 30-year hold of the licence after months of legal wrangling. 
The Gambling Commission announced on Tuesday that Allwyn Entertainment,
which runs lotteries in Austria, the Czech Republic and , will gain the latest
National Lottery licence from February 2024.
The firm, previously known as Sazka before it rebranded with an anglicised name during the bidding process,
has pledged to double charitable donations to £38billion over the next decade
and to slash ticket prices to £1.  
But its owner,
oil tycoon Karel Komarek, 53, has previously faced scrutiny over his links with Russian-state energy giant
Gazprom, which is controlled by the Kremlin.
company MND (Moravske Naftove Doly) formed a joint venture
with Gazprom to build an underground gas storage facility in his home country, which opened
in Moravia in 2016.
For several years, MND also held a stake in a Czech
gas importer that is majority-owned by subsidiaries of Gazprom, although it
no longer does so.
Czech businessman Karel Komarek, 53, (pictured with
wife Stepanka) is set to take over the highly lucrative National Lottery licence with a
plan to slash ticket prices from £2 to £1
Formerly known as Sazka, Allwyn is
Europe’s largest operator and has fended off three
competitors to operate the UK lottery draw after battling with the Canadian-owned Camelot, Italy’s Sisal and
media tycoon Richard Desmond
The National Lottery has been operated by Camelot Group since the first draw in November
1994, however the Gambling Commission went to High Court so
Allwyn Entertainment could sign a 10-year licence to run the lottery

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