Record breaking Lotto profits

June 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Lottery News

The National Lottery operators have recently announced record breaking Lotto profits showing nearly a 7% increase in sales based on the same time last year. In the year to March the National Lottery operator has made a whopping £5.6 billion through ticket sales. This increase has beaten the previous record of £5.5 billion set between 1997 and 1998 and is an amazing result considering seven of the ten biggest lotteries in the world showed a fall in sales over the last year.

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The National Lottery operatorsput their record breaking sales down to their continually expanding range of games and alternative ways to play including new draws, new scratchcards and even 3D games online. In addition to this their new Thunderball and Euromillions draw have all helped to boost ticket sales. Chief executive Dianne Thompson said the record sales were the result of “a proven strategy for long-term, responsible growth”. In total a massive £1.7 billion was raised for good causes with the remaining £2.9 billion being paid out to prize winners.

These record National Lottery figures have come at just the right time for UK as the operators have donated over £600 million to fund the construction of five new sporting facilities that will be used during 2012 London Olympics before being opened up for use by the public. In addition to this they have also launched a series of games dedicated to raising money for the arts, heritage and a number of other charities that have faced massive cuts in their income due to the recent government cutbacks.