Camelot UK Lotteries, following two years of successive growth, has further grown total National Lottery ticket sales for the first six months of its 2019/20 financial year to a record £3.9m.
The sales in the period, April 1 to September 28 2019, represented an increase of £465m.
Camelot’s success over the half-year saw it generate £876.8m (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes, £83.6m more than in the first half of 2018/19. This equates to over £30m every week and takes the total raised for Good Causes since 1994 to over £40bn – 60 per cent more than the most optimistic Government forecast at the time of The National Lottery’s launch.
Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said: “It’s 25 years to the day since we started selling tickets for that first Lotto draw, and our record half-year performance clearly shows that The National Lottery is in its best-ever shape. Not only are sales up across the board, but we’ve also delivered over £3.2bn to Good Cause projects, players and retailers in just six months – underlining the incredible difference that, over two decades on, The National Lottery continues to make to the lives of people and communities throughout the UK.”
Pictured: Lottery winners across the south-east, who between them have won £146m, gather to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday