LETTER: National Lottery is in fine shape, thank you

I'm grateful to Ian Monk for his advice on how to run our communications function (Opinion, 13 June). However, I can allay his fears and reassure him that we are not suffering 'frustration and anguish' as a result of a 'comms dilemma' - for the simple reason that no such predicament exists.

Far from its image being dogged by 'dodgy' winners, the National Lottery is in the best possible shape for the start of the third lottery licence period in 2009. Lottery sales rose by almost £55m in 2007-08.

Although a handful of troubled winners might attract more media attention than others, the vast majority of our 2,100-plus lottery millionaires live happy, contented lives. And far from causing us 'anguish', as Monk claims, I can assure him that working with them is an absolute pleasure.

Dianne Thompson, chief executive, Camelot Group

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