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New Gambling Commission stats show sales increase for both National

Lottery and Charity Lotteries.

 

The Lotteries Council have today welcomed a record year of fundraising by charity

lotteries as the Gambling Commission published their annual statistics showing that the sector raised

£333.22 million in the year to March 2019, up £32.95 million on the previous year.

The Council also welcomed that National Lottery sales grew by £271.6 million over the year, but

expressed disappointment that the National Lottery funds to good causes have decreased because

they have returned a low percentage return to good causes – 20.6%. This compares to 45.1% from

charity lotteries.

Welcoming the record year of fundraising Lotteries Council Chair, Tony Vick, praised players of

charity lotteries for helping raise a record amount and said that the growth in sales of both charity

lotteries and the National Lottery showed that the two types of lottery are growing together.

The Lotteries Council, which is made up over 400 charity lottery organisations across Great Britain,

has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity

lotteries operate under, in order to further reduce administration costs and excess bureaucracy, and

raise even more for good causes

Commenting Mr Vick said:

“This has been a great year of charity fundraising by charity lotteries, with charities across the

country benefitting as a result. Our thanks go to charity lottery players across Britain who have

helped the sector make a record amount for good causes.

“The charity lottery sector has a huge amount of fundraising talent within it – both staff and

volunteers – and charities such as hospices, air ambulances, community groups and sports teams

benefit as a result. Given the tight charity fundraising climate this growth in income is very welcome.

“We also welcome that both charity lottery funding and National Lottery sales are on a growth

trajectory, which makes clear that both types of lottery are growing together.”

“The Lotteries Council are calling on the UK Government to bring forward changes in the law to help

charity lotteries to grow their funding to good causes, and these latest statistics further strengthen

the case for those changes.”

 

Note: The Gambling Commission annual ‘Industry Statistics’ publication can be found here

 

On 16 July 2019, the Government published its long-awaited response to the consultation on society lottery reform conducted in summer 2018.

The Government announced that the annual sales limit would be increased from £10m to £50m. While this is a step in the right direction and is welcomed, the Council has been campaigning for an increase to £100m. The Minister advised that they will be considering an “additional licence tier” under which holders could operate under an annual limit of £100m, but subject to further licence conditions. The Council awaits this proposal with interest.

The limit for individual draws will be raised from £4m to £5m. Again, this is welcomed but is lower than the Council has been campaigning for.

The maximum prize limit will be increased in line with the individual draw limit, to £500,000 retaining the cap of a maximum of 10% of sales. The Council has been campaigning for the abolition of the 10% cap to enable charities to decide on their own prize structures, subject to a limit of £1m on the maximum prize.

The limits above which small society lotteries have to register with the Gambling Commission remain unchanged and there was no mention of any relaxation of the 20% rule for start-ups, for which the Council has also been campaigning.

The full text of the Government’s response can be found here.

The Council’s press release following the announcement can be found here.

The Hilton Warwick was the venue for the recent ‘Lotteries Council Annual Conference and Networking Event 2019’.  This annual event continues to afford members the opportunity to listen and learn from sector specialists, speak to suppliers in an exhibitor’s area and network with other organisations within the lotteries sector.  The Gambling Commission also facilitate speaker sessions and workshops throughout the two-day conference, providing invaluable advice and information.

We are delighted to announce that Gatherwell were the winners of the ‘Lottery of the Year’ Award, whilst the ‘Special Recognition’ Award was presented to Sue Whitehouse of East Midlands Health CIC.  Congratulations to the winners.

The photo gallery from the event is available here

The event was sponsored by Jumbo Interactive - https://www.jumbointeractive.com/

 

Lotteries Council welcomes record year of charity fundraising

New Gambling Commission stats show growth in good cause funding from both charity lotteries and the National Lottery

The Lotteries Council has today welcomed a record year of fundraising by charity lotteries as the Gambling Commission published their annual statistics showing that the sector raised £296 million in the year to March 2018, up from £256 million last year.

The Council also welcomed that fundraising by the National Lottery is also growing again, alongside a growth in fundraising by charity lotteries – confirming once again that both sectors grow together – as they have done for most of the last decade.

The statistics also show an increase in the percentage to good causes from society lotteries – at 43.8% - up from 43.5% last year – and in increase in the percentage to good causes from the National Lottery, at 21.7% - up from 21.5% last year.

Welcoming the record year of fundraising Lotteries Council Chair, Tony Vick, praised players of charity lotteries for helping raise a record amount and said that the growth in good causes funding across both charity lotteries and the National Lottery was a “win-win” for the country.

The Lotteries Council, which is made up over 400 charity lottery organisations across Great Britain, has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity lotteries operate under, in order to help them further reduce administration costs and excess bureaucracy, and raise even more for good causes

Commenting Mr Vick said:

“This has been a great year of charity fundraising by charity lotteries, with charities across the country benefitting as a result.  Our thanks go to charity lottery players across Britain who have helped the sector make a record amount for good causes.

“The charity lottery sector has a huge amount of fundraising talent within it – both staff and volunteers – and charities such as hospices, air ambulances, community groups and sports teams benefit as a result. Given the tough charity fundraising climate this growth in income is very welcome.

“We also welcome that both charity lottery funding and National Lottery funding is on a growth trajectory, which is a “win-win” for the country and makes clear that both types of lottery can grow together.

Malcolm Fleming, Chair of The Lotteries Council Public Affairs Committee, added:

“It is clear from these statistics that the drop in National Lottery funding in 2016-17 – caused by the changes to the Lotto draw –  is being reversed. This is something that The Lotteries Council warmly welcomes.”

“That National Lottery good cause funding is back on a growth trajectory again, alongside a growth in charity lottery good cause funding, backs up recent Gambling Commission modelling which showed that charity lottery sales don’t impact on the National Lottery.

 “The Lotteries Council is calling on the UK Government to bring forward changes in the law to help charity lotteries to grow their funding to good causes, and these latest statistics further strengthen the case for those changes.”

As you might know the Government is consulting on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes.
 
Whilst we were encouraged by the broad thrust of the Government’s plans, we would like them to go a little further in order to enable charities to raise money over the longer term.
 
As such, we are calling on the Government to:
 
•    Increase the Annual Sales Limit to £100 million worth of tickets. This will help reduce administration costs and allow more funds to go to charities that society lotteries support.
•    Increase the maximum prize limit to £1 million, regardless of sales. This will still be well below the prizes offered by the National Lottery, but will allow society lotteries the flexibility to use higher prizes if desired, in order to increase sales and therefore raise more money for good causes.
•    Increase the per Draw Sales Limit to £10 million worth of tickets, regardless of the maximum prize limit. This will safeguard society lotteries for the long term and help them avoid unnecessary costs.
•    Reduce the regulatory burden on small society lotteries (currently defined as having proceeds of less than £20,000 per draw and £250,000 per year) by raising the sales thresholds to £40,000 per draw and £500,000 per year.
•    Allow new lotteries to aggregate their returns to good causes over a three year period to enable them to meet the statutory 20% to good causes but take into account sizeable start-up costs.

Our response to the consultation including arguments for each of these calls can be found here

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