National Lottery raised second best figure ever in 2015/16

It gave £1.9bn to charities, less money only than the year 2012

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The National Lottery raised the second highest total for good causes in its history in 2015/16, according to figures from its operator Camelot.

The National Lottery passed on £1.9bn to charities in the year to the end of March, making it the highest amount raised in any year apart from 2012, when a EuroMillions draw on the eve of the London Olympics bumped the amount raised to £1.95bn over the course of the year.

Figures published by Camelot today said this year’s good-causes total was supported by record-breaking sales of lottery tickets and sales of new digital games.

The 2015/16 good-causes figure breaks down to more than £36m each week and is a rise of £104.1m on the year before, said Camelot.

It brings the total amount raised by the National Lottery to more than £35bn since it began in 1994.

Andy Duncan, chief executive of Camelot, said: "It’s amazing that National Lottery players have now raised more than £35bn for good causes – which breaks down as more than 150 lottery grants in every neighbourhood."

About 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes goes to health, education, environment and charitable causes, and 20 per cent each goes to sport, arts and heritage projects respectively, said Camelot.

Annual sales reached almost £7.6bn, up £317m on last year, driven largely by the growth of sales on smartphones and tablets, which alone raised more than £175m for good causes in the last financial year.

John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: "It is fantastic that the public's support of the National Lottery has resulted in over £35bn being raised for good causes, benefiting thousands of projects in communities up and down the country.

"The National Lottery continues to go from strength to strength and is also playing a huge role in supporting Team GB and Paralympics GB at Rio 2016."

Last year, the lottery awarded £4.2bn in prize money and created 353 new millionaires, Camelot said.

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