The National Lottery raises a record amount for good causes in the first half of the financial year
The National Lottery is in its “best shape ever” after record sales and is returning to good causes in the first half of the financial year.
Camelot revealed it had passed the £4bn sales mark for the first time in its 28 years of running the National Lottery, topping last year’s total of £102.5m Sterling (+2.6%). It also raised its best ever first-half amount for good causes of £956.5m, up £72m (+8.1%) from last year.
Of this total, £37.3 million was withheld for marketing expenditure for its main draw games Lotto, EuroMillions and Set For Life, and the National Lottery brand, leaving £919.2 million for good causes.
According to Camelot, this brings the total generated for good causes since the launch of the National Lottery in 1994 to £47billion.
The record semester was driven by digital sales.
Camelot Chairman Sir Hugh Robertson commented:
“I am delighted that these record results show that the National Lottery is getting back to good causes more than ever. In these extremely trying economic times, I am proud that the remarkable performance of my team builds on previous years of record ticket sales. and go back to good causes – and extend our experience of delivering to people across the UK.With just over a year to go until the next licensing period begins, I am confident that the National Lottery n ‘ve never been in better shape.
Allwyn is expected to take over from Camelot when the current license expires in February 2024. This month it announced it had agreed to buy Camelot’s UK operations. Although the value has not been disclosed, it is believed to be around £100m. Allwyn has also previously said he expects the money to go to good causes more than double under his supervision.