Camelot, the National Lottery operator, has announced plans to install 8,000 more lottery terminals around the UK, a move it says would raise an extra £1.4bn for good causes over the next 12 years.
A proposal by the company to the National Lottery Commission says it would invest in the expansion in return for a five-year extension to the 10-year licence it was granted to operate the National Lottery in 2009.
According to Camelot, the outlets that would get the new terminals would be in predominantly rural and suburban locations, where Camelot has "identified the maximum level of untapped demand" for National Lottery products.
A Camelot statement said: "The company estimates that over half of the new lottery outlets would be located in rural areas and in post offices.
"In keeping with Camelot’s long-standing commitment to independent retailers, up to 6,000 of the stores selected are expected to be from this sector."
Mark Harris, chief executive of the National Lottery Commission, said: "We will now work to carefully evaluate this proposal. We will reach a decision after a thorough consideration of whether the 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 National Lottery funding."