The Lotteries Council have today welcomed a record year of fundraising by charity lotteries as the Gambling Commission published their annual statistics showing that the sector raised £333.22 million in the year to March 2019, up £32.95 million on the previous year.
The Council also welcomed that National Lottery sales grew by £271.6 million over the year, but expressed disappointment that the National Lottery funds to good causes have decreased because they have returned a low percentage return to good causes – 20.6%. This compares to 45.1% from charity lotteries.
Welcoming the record year of fundraising Lotteries Council Chair, Tony Vick, praised players of charity lotteries for helping raise a record amount and said that the growth in sales of both charity lotteries and the National Lottery showed that the two types of lottery are growing together. The Lotteries Council, which is made up over 400 charity lottery organisations across Great Britain, has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity lotteries operate under, in order to further reduce administration costs and excess bureaucracy, and raise even more for good causes.
Over this period Midland Sporting Association were able to raise over an incredible £570,000 for good causes around the Midlands and other areas of the country.