Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), operator of the National Lottery, has announced that La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has completed the purchase of its shares from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, An Post and the An Post Pension Fund.
This purchase has been approved by the Regulator of the National Lottery, the group noted.
The National Lottery is, and will continue to be, owned by the Irish state for the benefit of good causes, regulated by the Regulator of the National Lottery and operated by PLI DAC.
In a statement, PLI stated that it would like to assure lottery players that the National Lottery games will continue as usual.
PLI noted that it will continue to deliver its core purpose, to operate a responsible world-class lottery for the people of Ireland, raising much-needed good-cause funds for the benefit of local communities throughout Ireland.
La Française des Jeux
FDJ is France’s largest gaming company and the operator of the French national lottery, the second-largest lottery in Europe, and the fourth-largest worldwide.
PLI stipulated that, as always, any new games or changes to existing ones will be subject to regulatory approval. Similarly, any new or proposed changes to a game would need to go through a triple-locked process:
- They must be consistent with the provisions of the National Lottery Act 2013.
- They must adhere to the terms of PLI’s operating licence.
- They must be approved by the Regulator of the National Lottery, following regulatory assessment.
PLI continues to hold the licence to operate the National Lottery until 2034 and will do so – ‘this purchase does not alter that in any way.’