Camelot posts record National Lottery sales and 12% rise in funding for good causes

By Iqbal Johal

Camelot generated a year-on-year rise of 10% from UK National Lottery ticket sales for the 2019/20 financial year, up to £7.91bn ($9.95bn).

The figure was a record amount for the lottery operator, for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Of that amount, £1.85bn was returned to good causes, representing a £200m rise of 12% from 2019.

Funds used for important causes coincide with April’s announcement £600m of UK National Lottery funding will be directed towards charities and organisations to help combat the impact of COVID-19.

Retail accounted for nearly 70% of all ticket sales, growing by 1% to £5.45bn, while online sales increased £624m to £2.46bn. Mobile sales rose to a record £1.61bn, up 57% on last year.

Over the period, £4.51bn was awarded in prizes to players, rising £376.5m from 2019, with 355 new millionaires created, including a player winning a £170m EuroMillions jackpot in October last year.

Camelot Chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson, said: "Thanks to this crisis relief package, hundreds of millions of pounds in vital funding has been repurposed to help those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic – providing, among other things, much-needed aid for communities, grants for sport initiatives to keep people fit and healthy and assistance for thousands of other projects in desperate need of funding during this time.

"Anyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket should know they’ve played their part in making this possible."

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