Charities may lose out in Olympic bid, says Government

The Government has admitted that it might divert £410 million of good cause money to fund the 2012 Olympics, if plans to raise £1.5 billion from special Olympic lottery games and the sports lottery do not hit their target.

The admission follows last week's announcement by Camelot that it will, as expected, launch a variety of lottery games to benefit the Olympics if London's bid to host the games is successful.

However, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that any switch of funds would not take place until 2009 when Camelot's lottery licence expires. The department also conceded that further themed lotteries, in which money goes to single good causes, would be a possibility in the future.

Many charities fear themed games that offer players the chance to choose which organisation they want to give money to could lead to less money going towards cause which are considered unpopular by the public.

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