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Roger Cummins instrumental in launching a National Health Lottery using multiple registrations.

Home Secretary announces Regulations to prevent multiple registrations and linked prizes.  Monetary limits to be increased to render practice unnecessary.


AGM and Conference held at Everton and Liverpool football clubs.


AGM & Conference held at West Bromwich FC over two days. Speakers included M. Gerard Coeur of France Lotto.


AGM & Conference again at West Bromwich.

Tom Pendry resigns as President.  Ken Hargreaves MP accepts presidency despite being in favour of a national lottery.

First regional meeting held at Liverpool FC; second at York.

Steering Committee set up to lobby against National Lottery. Organised mail campaign by members following the First Reading of Bill led to its defeat at Second Reading.


AGM & Conference at Man United FC.

Memorable for members' feelings against a national lottery and a lively Open Forum.

Seven regional meetings held that year.

Stan Orme MP agrees to become Vice President; later speaks against NL in Commons.

Gov't introduces National Lottery White Paper. Council sends opposing similar document to all MPs.

President loses seat in General Election; later steps aside in favour of Stan Orme.


National Lottery Act proposes harmful amendments to the 1976 Act.

Football lottery managers attend crisis meeting in Nottingham.

131 attend Conference at Man Utd dominated by fear of National Lottery Delegates include two club chairmen and a director.

Subsequent intensive lobbying by Chairman and officers and write-in campaign by members leads to meeting with Standing Committee.

Leads to concessions on frequency, expenses, and annual turnover from £50,000 to £250,000.


National Lottery etc, Act 1993 laid before Parliament.

Conference & AGM held at Lancashire CCC.

Council publishes “The Acts Combined” enabling members easier to understand the 1976 and 1993 Acts.

Council resigns from A.E.L.L.E. (Association of State Lotteries).

First weekly draw of the National Lottery takes place in November.

Reports of NL not permitting retailers to continue selling societies lotteries.


Conference & AGM at Leicester City FC.

Some members report losses to the National Lottery.

Peter Davis from Camelot unsympathetic to “whingeing” members.

Regional meetings feature session on “How to combat the National Lottery”.

Council appeals to Home Office Minister on unfair competition from NL scratchcards.

Heritage Secretary announces review of National Lottery. 


Conference at Yorkshire CCC, Headingley.

Tony Shaw signals resignation at 1997 AGM.

Council officers attend Home Office to discuss 80/20 Prizes& Expenses/Donation proposal.

Customs & Excise attend regional meetings to advise on VAT

Chairman writes to MPs to oppose NL midweek draw.

Sue Brierley appointed Executive Officer.


Conference 1997 at Aston Villa FC.

Michael Edwardes-Evans elected Chairman; George Wilson, Secretary.

Inland Revenue send speaker on ticket beneficiary wording.

80/20 Rule granted by Statutory Instrument.

Proposal for Lotteries Council to operate its own lottery defeated.

National Health Lottery fails with £10M debts.


Conference at Savoy Hotel, Blackpool.

David Amess and Robin Corbett MP elected Vice-Presidents.

Gaming Board question control of counterfoil lotteries.

Draft Bill introduced to prevent KENO-type (frequent draw) lotteries.

Council seeks permission to hold rollovers.

Home Office announces Gov't intention to legislate against on-line lotteries.


Conference at Telford Golf & Country Club.

Council holds Reception in House of Commons to raise its profile.

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