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Will the National Lottery continue to operate in an independent Scotland?

Yes, that is the current Scottish Government’s intention. People will still be able to play National Lottery games, and the infrastructure enabling them to do so will remain in place.

Scotland will continue to receive a fair share of ticket sales to support good causes. Following independence, all decisions about the allocation of Scotland’s share of funds will be taken in Scotland, ensuring that money raised from lottery ticket sales is used to respond to the needs of Scotland’s local communities.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will I still be able to play the National Lottery?

Yes. This Government proposes that people will still be able to play National Lottery games, and the infrastructure enabling them to do so will remain in place.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Who will operate the National Lottery in Scotland?

At present, the licence to run the National Lottery is held by Camelot Group plc, and is in place until 2023. The Scottish Government does not intend to change this arrangement.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will there be a Scottish Lottery? If so how will it operate?

There are no current plans to establish a distinct Scottish Lottery. Any decisions to do so will be the responsibility of a future Scottish government, and will be subject to the usual processes of consultation and consideration. Future Scottish governments would have the powers to establish a Scottish Lottery if there was a demand for it or in support of specific events.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

In an independent Scotland, what arrangements will be in place to distribute funds to Scottish good causes?

The present Scottish Government’s approach would be to ensure that Scotland receives its fair share of lottery funding and to ensure that all decisions about how good cause funds are distributed and allocated will be taken in Scotland.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will being independent enable the same amount of money to be generated for good causes?

There is no reason to anticipate that this would differ because of independence. The level of available funds depends on a number of factors, including the number of ticket sales and the price of those tickets.

However, there are currently no rules in place guaranteeing Scotland any fixed proportion of National Lottery funds and the lottery operator does not publish information on ticket sales in Scotland. Independence would mean that future Scottish governments will be in a position to work with the lottery operator to ensure Scotland continues to receive a fair share of funding.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

What will happen to the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland?

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery good cause money in Scotland and we propose that it will continue this role after independence.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

How will Lottery funding for heritage be distributed?

The Scottish Government’s proposal is to build upon the good work of the Heritage Lottery Fund team based in Scotland and to give them full responsibility for the allocation and distribution of the Scottish share of lottery funding for heritage good causes. They will initially operate under a suitable shared governance system, building on the work of the current Scottish Regional Committee.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

What will happen to Scotland’s share of Lottery funding for the arts and film and for sport in Scotland?

Under the arrangements we propose, Scotland’s share of Lottery funding for the arts and film will be distributed by Creative Scotland and for sport by sportscotland, as they are now.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.