Andy Duncan, Chief Executive, to step down

Andy Duncan to leave Camelot UK in the summer

Camelot UK, operator of the National Lottery, announces that its chief executive Andy Duncan is stepping down from his role after nearly six years with the company.

Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global, will take over UK operations during this transitional period, and whilst the board considers its options for permanent succession.

Over the coming months Andy will work with Nigel and the board to support a smooth transition and continue to represent Camelot UK on the committees of the European Lotteries Association, World Lottery Association and the EuroMillions Lottery Operators Board until the summer.

Commenting on the news, Andy Duncan said: “It has been a great privilege to have led Camelot and the National Lottery through an exciting period. I’m proud that total returns to good causes during the last six years exceeded £10bn, an increase of 25% or nearly £2bn compared with the previous six years. This money is distributed to society in order to change the lives of people across the country.

“I believe that the purpose at the heart of the National Lottery has never been stronger, changing lives by creating a millionaire nearly every day whilst returning more than £30m to good causes every week,” he added.

Over the last six years, Camelot has run a programme of major innovations that has supported growth in digital. It now has more than 10 million registered digital players contributing £1.5bn to annual sales, making it the largest digital lottery globally.

The National Lottery has also grown its retail estate to 46,000 from 29,000, substantially beyond its commitment under the terms of the licence. During this period, Camelot has also played a key leadership role in making EuroMillions the largest lottery game in the world, working closely with its European partner lotteries.

Commenting on Andy Duncan’s resignation, Camelot Chairman Jo Taylor added: “Andy has achieved a tremendous amount on behalf of National Lottery players, winners and the good causes the National Lottery supports. We thank him for his contribution to Camelot and the National Lottery and wish him well for the future.”

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For further information, please contact:
Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711

Notes to Editors:

  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • Each week, Camelot generates over £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total, £36 billion has now been raised and more than 500,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
  • The National Lottery has so far awarded over £62 billion in prizes and created more than 4,400 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • Camelot runs the most cost-efficient major lottery in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
  • The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 52nd in the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the fifth largest lottery in the world by sales – clear evidence of Camelot’s longstanding commitment to being a responsible operator (Source: La Fleur’s 2016 World Lottery Almanac).
  • For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: and
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.


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