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Report backs up view that Society Lotteries complement the National Lottery

The Lotteries Council has welcomed today’s report by the National Audit Office on funding for good causes – in particular its positive comments on the relationship between Society Lotteries and the National Lottery.

Today’s report states that “The Department is not aware of any evidence of significant substitution of sales between the Lottery and society lotteries to date.”

This statement backs up the findings of numerous other reports in recent years, including those by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, NERA Economic Consulting, nfp Synergy and the 2015 report into Society Lotteries by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

It follows on from a Westminster Hall debate on Society Lotteries yesterday [Tuesday], which showed growing cross-party support for the Lotteries Council proposals to update the law on Society Lotteries and raise the current limits on fundraising.

Speaking from today’s Lotteries Council Board meeting in Birmingham, Lotteries Council Chair, Jo Bucci, said:

“Today’s National Audit Office report includes a welcome statement on Society Lotteries and adds to the growing body of evidence showing that charity fundraising by Society Lotteries complements the fundraising by the National Lottery.

“It also comes on the back of yesterday’s Parliamentary debate on Society Lotteries which showed growing cross-party support for the Lotteries Council’s proposals to update the law on Society Lotteries.

“The Lotteries Council has over 400 member organisations representing a healthy and vibrant sector which puts in a huge amount of work every year to raise funds for charities – raising a record £255 million in the last year. Simple changes to the law on Society Lotteries will help raise even more for good causes, and we look forward to Ministers bringing forward proposals in the New Year.”

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House of Commons debate

In Westminster Hall on Tuesday 12th December, Sir Henry Bellingham, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk secured an hour and a half debate on: 'Future of society lotteries, the Health Lottery and limits on prize values'.

To watch the full debate, please follow this link; http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/a4dc044f-2da4-4e78-95bc-ece6b00f2121



 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.”    


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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) 


Lottery Operator of the Year

Treetops Hospice Care



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