Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Desmond Celebrates His Lottery Win

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Desmond Celebrates His Lottery Win

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Byline: James Ashton

DAILY Express owner Richard Desmond today hailed a victory for his Health Lottery after a failure to close it down by Camelot, the National Lottery operator.

The High Court rejected Camelot's call for a judicial review into the Gambling Commission's decision to let the Health Lottery carry on operating.

Camelot boss Dianne Thompson argued her rival had breached the rules that are meant to grant her monopoly status by buying a regional network of lotteries and promoting them nationally.

But Desmond, who also owns Channel 5 and a string of adults-only satellite television channels, said: "The court said the application failed on merit. The judgement handed down is a pretty hard judgement."

He branded Thompson a "secondhand car salesman" for labelling his charity unlawful.

"I would like a personal apology from them and I would like them to worry more about the charities which actually is why they have got their licence. …

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