National Lottery ticket sales reach all-time high of nearly £7bn in 2012/13

Andy Duncan of Camelot attributes the lottery's success to its broad appeal and innovations to develop its channels of distribution

Andy Duncan
Andy Duncan

The National Lottery operator Camelot has announced record ticket sales in 2012/13, taking the amount it has raised for good causes to more than £30bn since it was launched.

Camelot announced that ticket sales in the year to 31 March 2013 reached an all-time high of just under £7bn, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year.

National Lottery Good Causes received just under £2bn to distribute to the 13 funders including the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was also up by 6.9 per cent on 2011/12, Camelot said.

Camelot said the strong performance had increased the amount raised for good causes to £30bn since it was launched in November 1994.

Andy Duncan, managing director of Camelot UK, put the National Lottery’s continuing success down to maintaining a broad appeal.

"We have been innovating with both games and some of our channels of distribution," he told Third Sector. "It’s been an exciting couple of years, developing scratch cards, digital innovation and the fact we’ve invested in more outlets. We are seeing record numbers of people playing online."

In December, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced it would hold a consultation on whether to change the minimum amount society lotteries have to return to good causes.

Duncan said Camelot was waiting to see the consultation questions before saying what the minimum should be. It is currently 20 per cent.

"I think it needs to be looked at," he said. "It is less to do with society lotteries, than someone who organises themselves to be a competitor to the National Lottery, which raises serious questions about what they give to good causes and how much they should be paying themselves to be making as profits."

National Lottery ticket sales have grown 50 per cent in the past decade. Since its launch, 400,000 individual lottery grants from National Lottery funders have been made throughout the UK, the equivalent of 128 awards for every postcode area, Camelot said.


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