The amount raised for good causes from National Lottery ticket sales was broadly flat in the first six months of 2014/15, new figures show.
Camelot, the National Lottery operator, said today that the amount raised for National Lottery good causes was £867.7m between April and September this year, an increase of £3.6m, or 0.4 per cent, on the same period last year.
A Camelot spokesman said it was the third highest amount raised for good causes in a half-year period since the lottery began in 1994.
Camelot said that total National Lottery ticket sales from all of its games was almost £3.5bn, an increase of £158m on the same period last year, and represented the second highest interim total since 1994.
Camelot doubled the price of a ticket for its flagship Lotto game to £2 in October last year as part of a relaunch designed to reinvigorate the game.
The company does not reveal precise ticket details, but a spokesman said that draw-based games, including Lotto, EuroMillions and Thunderball, represented 65 per cent of ticket sales.
Camelot’s annual report for the year to the end of March, published today, confirms figures released in May showing that funds raised for good causes fell from £1.95bn in 2012/13 to £1.75bn last year.
Camelot said at the time that the fall occurred because of exceptional results in the previous year and the figures were its second best ever.
Andy Duncan, chief executive designate of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd, said in a statement today that the company had made a "very positive start" to 2014/15.
"As we look forward to celebrating 20 years of the National Lottery next month, we’re determined to build on this momentum," he said. "We’ve just successfully launched a major new online and mobile platform, which is transforming the way players interact with our games across all devices.
"On top of that, we’ve got really exciting plans for the second half of the year – including special birthday events to thank our players and, starting later this month, some amazing new prizes on EuroMillions – which will ensure that the National Lottery continues to be truly life-changing for players and society."
The accounts say that Dianne Thompson, who will retire as group chief executive of Camelot at the end of October, received a pay package worth £2.1m during the year.