Camelot has responded to my (what I thought was favourable) coverage in the November 30 issue, where I recounted Andrew Renham's tale about his local competition. Andrew believed that a lottery terminal was about to be installed in a nearby rival's store but, following a meeting with Camelot, he had persuaded the company to hold off.
Steve Lucas, sales director, writes: "Camelot's decision was part of our normal terminal allocation process. We regularly review potential sites to see if they are well placed to become a new lottery retailer.
"Camelot operates a thorough selection policy, taking into account up to 47 criteria. We review the retail estate across the UK every 12 weeks, to make sure we are taking into account any shifts in trading patterns, or changes to a potential retailers' circumstances. We have to be certain that each new selection is likely to maximise sales, while maintaining excellent access to the lottery.
"However, individual protests against new terminal allocations will not and do not prevent that location being selected if we believe it will return even more money to society. To date more than £20bn has been raised for good causes, not to mention more than £3bn earned by retailers in lottery commission. Camelot will continue to work closely with its retail partners to build on these fantastic achievements."
So there you go. It isn't big brother watching you - it's Camelot.