National Lottery money to good causes down year-on-year despite sales increase

24 May 2023 News

A group of friends from Merthyr Tydfil, who created their National Lottery syndicate while at college doing their apprenticeships, celebrated a £1m windfall from the special EuroMillions European Millionaire Maker draw in February 2023.

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Last year, the National Lottery raised a total of £1.87bn for good causes, which is slightly down on the two years prior.

This takes the total raised for National Lottery projects since 1994 to more than £47bn.

Including money from unclaimed prizes, which are released after 180 days, £1.87bn went to good causes in the year to March 2023, compared with £1.91bn in 2021-22 and 1.89bn the year before.

National Lottery sales second highest amount recorded

National Lottery sales last year were its second highest ever, short only of the levels achieved in 2020-21.

Camelot’s total National Lottery sales for the 2022-23 financial year increased by £99.6m, to £8.19bn.

The highest National Lottery sales were £8.37bn for the 2020-21 financial year.

Over the year, the National Lottery awarded £4.6bn in prize money to players – up £81.7m and the second highest-ever amount awarded. 

New licence next year

Camelot is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allwyn, to whom it lost the National Lottery licence after 28 years at the helm.

Clare Swindell and Neil Brocklehurst, Camelot co-chief executives, 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.”

They added: “We have more exciting plans lined up for the year ahead to ensure that The National Lottery remains front of mind and brings people together at key national moments. 

“And, we also remain committed to delivering the National Lottery in a safe and socially-responsible way. All while we continue to support Allwyn UK on its transition plans to the fourth licence, from 1 February 2024.”

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