Society lotteries raised record £208m in 2015/16

This was £20m higher than in 2014/15, according to the Lotteries Council

Society lotteries: good-cause money increasing
Society lotteries: good-cause money increasing

Society lotteries generated a record £208m for good causes in the 2015/16 financial year, the Lotteries Council has announced.

The amount raised by the UK’s 492 lottery operators and 38 external lottery managers, which was recorded in the Gambling Commission’s biannual industry statistics report, was £20m higher than in 2014/15 and more than double the amount raised in 2009/10.

Society lotteries gave an average of 43.3 per cent of total revenues to good causes in 2015/16, with almost £480.3m of total proceeds generated by society lotteries – a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

A spokesman for the Lotteries Council said the "increasing professionalisation of the sector" and its "collaborative environment" were two of the reasons for this year’s increase.

The proportion of revenues spent on operational costs fell by 1.7 per cent to £163.5m, and the amount handed out in prizes rose from £92.9m in 2014/15 to £108.7m in the latest figures.

The funds generated by the Health Lottery, which consists of 51 local lotteries across Britain operating under one brand, have significantly increased the amounts raised by society lotteries since it was launched in September 2011.

Jo Bucci, chair of the Lotteries Council, said: "It’s testament to the drive and dedication of our members that the society lottery sector continues to deliver ever-increasing returns to good causes.

"However, continued success and growth in the sector is by no means guaranteed. The Lotteries Council has been working hard over the past five years to secure progressive changes to the regulations governing the operations of society lotteries."

Bucci, who became chair last month after the death of her predecessor, Clive Mollett, in October, said the Lotteries Council wanted to see increased fundraising and prize limits and a shift in "the requirement of meeting the 20 per cent minimum contribution over an extended period for new lotteries entering the market".

She said: "These measures will help to grow the sector and ensure the maximum amount possible is being raised for good causes.

"The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is currently reviewing these proposals, and we look forward to the outcome of this process."

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