Members of the Lotteries Council say they want to raise an additional £15m for good causes in 2014.
The target of £170m, which is just under 10 per cent higher than last year’s figure of £155m, was set this week at the council’s annual general meeting in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Peter Jones, honorary secretary for the Lotteries Council, a membership body that represents charity lotteries, said that hitting the target might depend on any changes that were introduced after the long-awaited consultation on the regulation of society lotteries. "If the consultation was favourable to society lotteries, we could surpass that," he said.
But if the consultation went against society lotteries, said Jones, less might be raised than in previous years.
The amount raised for good causes by society lotteries has increased significantly in recent years. It has gone up from £103m in 2010/11 to £132m in 2011/12 and £155m in 2012/13.
Jones said that between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of the increase of the past two years was down to the Health Lottery, which comprises 51 society lotteries operating under one brand.