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SOCIETY LOTTERIES DELIVER A RECORD £255 MILLION TO GOOD CAUSES

PERCENTAGE TO GOOD CAUSES INCREASES TO 43.6%

 Jo Bucci, Chair of The Lotteries Council, which represents Britain’s vibrant society lottery sector, has welcomed a record year of fundraising by society lotteries.

Britain’s 491 society lotteries have raised a record £255.56 million for good causes over the year, up from £212.12 million the previous year. The percentage of society lottery income going to good causes has also increased to 43.6%, up from last year’s 43%.

The new figures come from the latest Gambling Commission statistics and relate to the year to March 2017.

Welcoming the figures Jo Bucci said that simple changes to the law governing society lotteries would help Lotteries Council members raise even more for good causes over the years ahead.

Commenting Lotteries Council Chair, Jo Bucci, said:

“These new statistics highlight a fantastic year of fundraising by the country’s society lotteries. We are delighted that society lotteries are raising even more for charities large and small. A £43.4 million increase over the year reflects lots of hard work by our member organisations, but our main thanks goes to the players of society lotteries who are making an increasingly valuable contribution.

“We are also very pleased to see that society lotteries charitable contribution has increased as well, with an impressive 43.6% of income now going to good causes.

“Support from the players of society lotteries fund a wide range of causes including hospices, air ambulances, sports clubs, health charities, animal welfare and support for the elderly to name just a few.

“We hope to raise even more this year, however more and more of the lotteries we represent are seeing their fundraising capped by the sales limits in gambling law. These limits are increasingly out of date and The Lotteries Council urge the UK Government to bring forward plans to raise the limits and help us contribute even more to good causes.”    

Ends.

Contact: Malcolm Fleming, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 07775 006 245.

Notes:

1. The new Gambling Commission statistics can be found here: http://live-gamblecom.cloud.contensis.com/PDF/survey-data/Gambling-industry-statistics.pdf

2. The Lotteries Council proposes the following changes to gambling law to help society lotteries generate even more for good causes:

• An increase in the permissible amount of ticket sales in a single draw to increase from the current £4 million to £10 million.

• An increase in the annual income cap on a society lottery from the current £10 million to £100 million.

• An increase in prize values from £25,000 to £100,000.

• The aggregation of the present 20% statutory contribution to good causes over three years for new society lotteries.

 The Lotteries Council Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners of the the third annual Lottery Council Awards.  

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tony Shaw (Vice President) 

   PTP2259

Lottery Operator of the Year

Treetops Hospice Care

  PTP2254

 

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This year's Annual Lotteries Council Conference will take place on 10 and 11 May 2017.

Wednesday 10 May

0900

Registration and Coffee

THE TRIUMPH BAR

0930

Introduction           

Jo Bucci – Chairman of the Lotteries Council

Picadilly Westminster

0945

Speakers Session – Richard McBriar, Capen

Picadilly Westminster

1015

1115

Workshop

Meet the Exhibitors - MAYFAIR SUITE

Gambling Commission  - CONFERENCE ROOM 10

Tetra  - CONFERENCE ROOM 12

1145

Speakers Session – Sarah Harrison, Gambling Commission

Picadilly Westminster

1215

Speakers Session – Gerald Oppenheim, Fundraising Regulator

Picadilly Westminster

1245

Pre-AGM (Directors only)   

CONFERENCE ROOM 11

1245

Lunch

THE BRASSERIE

1400

Speaker Session - Amanda Kearsley, Law:matix

Picadilly Westminster

1445

 Breakout Speaker Sessions – choose your subject from:

Back to Basics - A Guide to Lottery – Gambling Commission - CONFERENCE ROOM 10

Raffle Masterclass – Jason Haigh-Ellery, CFP - CONFERENCE ROOM 11

Dementia Friends – Michael Dent, Alzheimer's Society - CONFERENCE ROOM 12

Using Technology – Ged Jones, LFS - CONFERENCE ROOM 13

1545

Workshop

Meet the Exhibitors - MAYFAIR SUITE

Gambling Commission - CONFERENCE ROOM 11

Tetra - CONFERENCE ROOM 12

1645

AGM  It is very important that members attend

1700 – 1900

DOWNTIME

1900 – 1930

Drinks Reception                                   

THE ROTUNDA

2000

Gala Dinner &  Lotteries Gala Awards                                      

Picadilly Westminster

2030 – LATE Entertainment

Thursday 11 May

0930

1030

Networking Breakfast

THE BRASSERiE

1030

1040

Welcome Back

Picadilly Westminster

1045

12noon

Workshop

Meet the Exhibitors - MAYFAIR SUITE

Gambling Commission  - CONFERENCE ROOM 10

Tetra  - CONFERENCE ROOM 12

Refreshments available in Mayfair Suite throughout the day

1200

Breakout Speaker Sessions – choose your subject from:

Back to Basics - A Guide to Lottery – Gambling Commission - CONFERENCE ROOM 10

Raffle Masterclass – Jason Haigh-Ellery, CFP - CONFERENCE ROOM 11

Dementia Friends – Michael Dent, Alzheimer's Society - CONFERENCE ROOM 12

Using Technology – Ged Jones, LFS - CONFERENCE ROOM 13

1310

Speaker Session - Anna Mathias, Woods Whur 2014 Limited

Picadilly Westminster

1345

Closing Remarks – Jo Bucci, Chair, Lotteries Council

Picadilly Westminster

1400

Lunch and depart

THE BRASSERIE

 

The Council has recently announced that a record £208 million was raised in 2015/16.

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