Camelot has posted its total sales figures for the 2022/2023 financial year, showing that sales increased by £99.6m ($123.51m or 1%) to £8.19bn.
The increase means that Camelot’s annual sales are the second-highest recorded since The National Lottery began in 1994. However, the minimal increase and last year's considerable drop (see graph below) may indicate why Camelot has lost its National Lottery licence.
The amount of prize money won by people in the UK totalled £4.6bn, with £36m raised a week for projects and communities across the country.
As a result of the high figures, returns to good causes purely from ticket sales resulted in a £6.2m increase on the previous year, totalling £1.8bn – overall £3.1bn was raised for society.
The graph below shows Camelot's total sales in the final four years of its licence tenure.
Camelot Co-CEOs, Clare Swindell and Neil Brocklehurst, said: “We’re delighted to have grown National Lottery sales year-on-year to their second highest on record, creating almost 400 millionaires in the process.
“And with £36m being raised each week for Good Cause projects around the UK and returns from ticket sales rising to their best-ever level, it’s clear that The National Lottery is delivering for players and society in what are very challenging times.”
The news comes as Camelot is preparing to hand over the Fourth National Lottery Licence to its rival Allwyn – an eventuality it attempted to stop via multiple legal challenges. However, since the cases were brought to an end and Allwyn retained its awarded licence, it bought Camelot’s UK operations ahead of its February launch.
Robert Chvátal, CEO of Allwyn AG (the incoming operator of the National Lottery), said of the results: “This past year’s performance demonstrates the core strengths of The National Lottery in consistently delivering for good causes, even in an environment where consumer spending is under pressure.
"We were delighted to integrate Camelot into the Allwyn group earlier this year, bringing their experience and know-how to Allwyn UK’s vision for the fourth licence.”