Society lotteries: good-cause money has more than doubled since 2009/10
Society lotteries: good-cause money has more than doubled since 2009/10

The amount raised for good causes through social lotteries rose by 16 per cent to £205.3m last year, figures from the Gambling Commission show.

The figures, which are for the year to the end of March, are £30m higher than in the previous 12 months.

The total amount raised for good causes through society lotteries has increased significantly since the Health Lottery, which is made up of 51 society lotteries acting under one brand, entered the market in October 2011.

Society lottery revenue given to good causes has more than doubled since 2009/10, when £100.6m was raised, say the latest figures.

Society lotteries are lotteries with incomes from an individual draw of more than £20,000 or an aggregate lottery income in a calendar year of more than £250,000.

The total proceeds from society lotteries increased from £376.8m in 2013/14 to £437m last year.

The expense of running society lotteries has remained at about a third of revenues, rising from £131.5m in 2013/14 to £156.3m in 2014/15.

Prize money as a percentage of proceeds has fallen slightly from 18.6 per cent in 2013/14 to 17.3 per cent in 2014/15.

The Lotteries Council, which represents charity lotteries, said changes to the regulatory framework for society lotteries could further increase income.

Clive Mollett, chair of the Lotteries Council, said: "We are thrilled with these figures, which demonstrate the popularity of lotteries as a means of funding a huge range of good causes.

"We continue to grow in a very tight regulatory framework and believe that some modest adjustments to those restrictions would enable the sector to provide greater funds to a great many charities.

"We have a tremendous record of success and we believe these figures demonstrate the responsibility of the sector and its capacity to do even more good work for the UK’s charitable sector."

The government is reviewing society lottery regulations, and the Gambling Commission has been asked to produce its proposals for reform in January.

Earlier this year, a Culture, Media and Sport Committee report said there should be greater regulation of large, commercially-run lotteries, but a more relaxed system for smaller and start-up lotteries.

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