Freeserve joins National Lottery bid

Giant ISP gets together with Camelot and Post Office

Freeserve is to join Camelot and the Post Office as part of the consortium bidding for the next National Lottery licence. If successful, the ISP will create a joint-branded Web site that will enable gamblers to buy their tickets online. The site will be housed within the confines of Freeserve's portal. Nicholas Backhouse, CFO of Freeserve, said: "Giving our users easy access to purchase lottery tickets over the Internet from wherever they access Freeserve will be a fantastically valuable and time-saving service. "We are confident that Camelot has the experience and the best team of partners to ensure success in the bid to renew their licence," he said. Camelot -- the existing licence holder -- is currently tipped to win the seven-year licence when the current one expires in September 2001. Its closest rival is led by Virgin boss, Richard Branson, who recently announced that Microsoft had joined in for the bid. The deadline for licence applications is noon tomorrow. ® Related Stories Bill Gates luvs Sir David Frost (true) Gates promises enriching experience for UK lottery

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