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has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity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