The Functions of the Regulator are prescribed in the National Lottery Act 2013, and include the following:


  1. To procure the holding of the National Lottery. 
  2. To oversee the operation of the National Lottery and to monitor and enforce compliance by the Operator with the Act and the Licence. 
  3. To consider for approval certain matters relating to the National Lottery (including schemes for National Lottery games). 
  4. To manage and control the National Lottery Fund. 
  5. To exercise the enforcement rights of any trademark of the National Lottery.

The Regulator is required to carry out these functions in a manner most likely to ensure: 

a)  that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety,

b)  that the interests of participants in the National Lottery are protected,

c)  that the long-term sustainability of the National Lottery is safeguarded.

and, subject to the above points a) to c), to ensure revenues allocated to the Central Fund for disbursement for the purposes permitted by the Act (“Good Causes”) are as great as possible, subject to the terms of the Licence.

The Regulator has no role in relation to applications for, or allocation of, funds for Good Causes. Applications for funding should be directed to the relevant Government Department.