• Lotteries Council welcome record year of charity fundraising
  • Lotteries Council welcome record year of charity fundraising
  • Lotteries Council welcome record year of charity fundraising
  • Lotteries Council welcome record year of charity fundraising
  • Lotteries Council welcome record year of charity fundraising

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has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity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

 

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