More independent retailers may be able to offer National Lottery services following an investment proposal by operator Camelot to increase the number of terminals.

It has proposed to introduce an extra 8,000 terminals into the network where it says it has identified latent demand, in return for a five-year extension to the licence to operate the Lottery.

In a statement outlining the proposal, Camelot said it estimated that up to 6,000 of these new terminals would be allocated to the independent sector. It aims to place half of the new terminals in rural areas where Camelot has indentified the maximum level of untapped demand.

If approved, it will increase the number of terminals in the UK from 28,8000 to 36,800. It would also ensure that Camelot would hold the National Lottery operator licence until 2024.

The National Lottery Commission, the regulator for the industry, is currently considering the proposal and expects to make a decision by the end of the year.

“We will reach a decision following a thorough consideration of whether this proposal is in the best long-term interests of the National Lottery and the thousands of good causes all around the country that benefit from the National Lottery funding,” said NLC chief executive Mark Harris.