"Thatcher famously said in the Commons: “I have not the slightest intention of having a national lottery organised by the Government. I disapprove of them.”
Her successor John Major disagreed and emphasising that it would not fund Government projects but would raise money for “good causes”, he drove forward the establishment of the Lottery, with Camelot winning the tender to run the operation, beating seven other bidders. Their franchise has been renewed three times despite attempts by Sir Richard Branson to create a not-for-profit organisation and does not run out until 2023."
Vote shit, get banged.