National Lottery raised nearly £2bn for good causes last year

The figure is slightly higher than for the previous 12 months

National Lottery sales generated £1.9bn for good causes in 2021/22, according to the latest figures.

This represents a small rise on the previous year, even though total income from National Lottery ticket sales fell slightly compared with 2020/21.

The figure is included in annual sales figures for the year to the end of March 2022 released today by the National Lottery operator Camelot.

The biggest share of the funds raised is likely to go to the National Lottery Community Fund for distribution. Last year NLCF received £725m from Camelot via the National Lottery Distribution Fund, its accounts show.

The rest of the money will go to the Heritage Lottery Fund and for distribution to good causes by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Total income from National Lottery ticket sales was £8.1bn in 2021/22.

Hugh Robertson, the chair of Camelot Group, said players had raised £46bn for good causes since the lottery’s launch, two-thirds more than the government forecast at the time.

In April, the Gambling Commission announced that Camelot was going to lose the licence to run the National Lottery, and named the Czech company Allwyn as its preferred provider.

Camelot has launched a legal challenge to the decision, saying: “We believe that the Gambling Commission has got this decision badly wrong.”

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