The total amount of money raised for good causes by the National Lottery has fallen by £100m in the 20 months since its operator, Camelot, doubled the price of tickets for the main Lotto game.
In response to questions from Third Sector, Camelot said that its games raised a total of £3bn for good causes in the 20 months after October 2013, when the price of Lotto tickets doubled to £2, compared with £3.1bn in the 20 months before the change.
The price change coincided with a cut from 33 per cent to 31 per cent in the proportion of the Lotto ticket price that goes to good causes in order to boost winnings.
Camelot said the period before the price change was exceptional and that the changes to Lotto in 2013 had boosted the good-causes total from that game by £250m.
It said the £3.1bn raised for good causes in the 20 months to October 2013 included an exceptional £64m from an unclaimed prize in December 2012, which was the largest unclaimed amount in the National Lottery’s history.
Other exceptional events included a special EuroMillions 100 UK Millionaires Raffle, which coincided with the London 2012 Olympics and set a weekly sales record, and bumper sales for the EuroMillions game because of unprecedented numerous rollovers, Camelot said.
The claim that the 2013 changes to Lotto had boosted its payout to good causes by £250m was made as part of Camelot’s publicity last week for fresh changes to the game, which involve the addition of 10 numbers to the draw but no change in the percentage of income directed to good causes.
Had it not made the changes to Lotto, Camelot said, its good-cause payout would have been £250m less.
A Camelot spokesman said the company was not allowed to disclose the amounts raised for good causes from specific games, but explained that the £250m figure was calculated by extrapolating into the future the pre-October 2013 performance of Lotto, which had been in sales decline for 10 years.