The UK Gambling Commission (GC) has imposed a fine of £3m on Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, after an investigation into allegations of a fraudulent prize claim and payout.
The penalty comes in the wake of an investigation into a fraudulent National Lottery Prize claim, allegedly made and paid out in 2009.
The alleged incident only came to light in 2015, with the police and the GC immediately made aware.
The GC investigation found that while it could not be certain that fraud had taken place, it was more likely than not that a fraudulent prize claim had been paid out.
In its findings, the GC stated that Camelot breached its operating licence in three key areas: Its controls relating to databases and other information sources, the way it investigated a prize claim, and its processes around the decision to pay a prize.
It did stress, however, that the event was specific and a one off, with its investigation uncovering nothing in the way of systemic failings on Camelot’s part.
Chief Executive of the GC, Sarah Harrison, said: “The Gambling Commission’s chief concern is to ensure the National Lottery is run with integrity and that player interests are protected.