According to new Gambling Commission figures (until the end of March 2021), The National Lottery Distribution Fund received £1.83bn from The UK National Lottery for good causes.
Unclaimed Prizes and Slight Increases
The total of £1.83bn includes a portion of ticket sales as well as unclaimed prizes and shows a slight increase of 2.4% compared to donations made over the pandemic year. During 2019-20 the Lottery’s basic primary contribution was 3.8% which comes up to £1.80bn.
During 2019-20 the Lottery’s basic primary contribution was 3.8% which comes up to £1.80bn.
Keep in mind though that the Gambling Commission noted that operator Camelot’s numbers and figures on this matter may differ from its reports, because of differences in calculation methods.
Moreover, the part of the lottery license conditions requires payments of £60.0m for investments and £10.6m in other adjustments. After all said and done, £1.73bn was raised for the primary contribution of the National Lottery for good causes (up by 3.9%).
A Surprising Increase
The first quarter was on a downward spiral of 1.6% from 2019-20 when it comes to charitable donations with a total of £382.3m given. The second quarter was significantly better with £452.9m, with a slight drop to £444.8m in the third and with an upsurge to £551.3m in the fourth. It’s worth noting that compared to the same quarter of 2019-20 this is a 25.5% increase.
Besides, National Lottery’s bottom-line had the fourth consecutive year of increased sales with more £8bn in total for this year and a £468.8m increase compared to the last one.
These reports come as operators such as Sazka Group, Sugal & Damani, and Sisal partnered with BT are well into their process of application to become the fourth National Lottery license.
Although Camelot runs the National Lottery since 1994, their license expires on 31 January 2023, and it's still not officially confirmed that they will be competing in this tender.
Be that as it may, the Gamgling commission will decide who will run the National Lottery later this year.