Camelot Group, operator of The National Lottery in the UK, has released its financial results for the year to the end of March showing a 6.9 percent year-on-year increase in total sales to £6.977 billion.
The operator is celebrating its 18th year and stated that its recent performance reinforces its status ‘as one of the world’s most consistently successful lottery operators’ despite lower global sales and in the face of ‘continuing tough economic conditions’.
Camelot Group revealed that it delivered a record £1.951 billion to charitable organisations over the past twelve months, which represents a 6.9 percent year-on-year rise, while additionally paying out an all-time high of £3.697 billion in prize money. This latter statistic takes the total amount of money awarded in prizes historically to over £47 billion with 365 millionaires created in the past year alone.
“I am immensely proud that National Lottery players have now raised over £30 billion for good causes, an amazing £12 billion more than the one billion pounds a year predicted when The National Lottery first started 18 years ago,” said Dianne Thompson, Chief Executive Officer for Camelot Group.
“More than 400,000 individual lottery grants have now been made throughout the UK, the equivalent of 128 awards for every UK postcode district. That’s a measure of the massive life-changing good that The National Lottery has done and continues to do for the UK.”
The past year also saw Camelot Group meet its target of raising £750 million for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from sales of specially-designated lottery games, which formed part of an overall funding package from The National Lottery for the events of almost £2.2 billion.
“The National Lottery is all about raising as much money as possible for good causes and creating millions of winners,” said Andy Duncan, Managing Director for Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.
“With almost two billion pounds delivered for good causes, over £3.6 billion paid out in prizes and 365 new millionaires, that’s one every single day, The National Lottery broke all records in 2012/13. Together with the stunning success of London 2012, which was only made possible because of the unique contribution of The National Lottery players, we’ve had an extraordinary year.
“Looking ahead, we are determined to build on this year’s successes by continuing to give our players what they want anytime [and] anywhere. With record online sales last year, we lead the field of digital lottery innovation and this will remain a key focus as we look to become even more cutting edge across all of our channels. This will ensure that The National Lottery continues to change lives for the better for people and communities the length and breadth of the UK.”