LONDON, March 19 The race to buy the British
national lottery operator Camelot has narrowed to two
contenders and a decision on the preferred bidder could come as
early as next week, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
Private equity firms CVC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
remain as bidders in the auction, which is being run by
Investment banks Rothschild and Greenhill & Co, the paper
Camelot, which has a nine-year licence left to run the
lottery, and an option to extend that for a further five years
has attracted interest from a number of private equity firms,
since Royal Mail agreed to sell its stake last year.
No one at Camelot, CVC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
could immediately be reached for comment.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Carol Bishopric)