Where the money comes from The Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004 enabled National Lottery games to be established dedicated to raising funds for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Camelot Group plc has held licences to operate the National Lottery since 1994. In 2007 Camelot successfully bid for the 3rd Lottery Licence that runs for ten years from 1 February 2009, with the possibility of an extension for a further five. Camelot will therefore be the operator throughout the existence of the OLDF.
The principal categories of income into the OLDF for the period to 31 March 2011 comprised:
any prizes which are not claimed within 180 days of the draw date for the Olympic Lottery Game, or 180 days of the close of the Olympic Scratchcard or Interactive Instant Win games. These unclaimed prizes fall due to the OLDF after the 180 days;
Income from Olympic Lottery ancillary activities e.g. income from commercial transactions which utilise the existence of the Olympic Lottery for profit. In this way the OLDF shares in the benefits of any commercial activities which are derived from their connection with the Olympic Lottery.