Ashbourne News Telegraph
A winning year for the Lottery
Lottery players pinning their hopes on a big win, or perhaps just looking for a way to relieve lockdown boredom, sent annual ticket revenue to a record £8.37billion.
Figures from National Lottery operator Camelot reveal that despite early disruption, when shops were shut during the first lockdown, sales increased by 6% during the pandemic.
In the year ending March 31, sales passed £8bn for the first time – up £468.8m on the same period a year earlier. The games created 389 millionaires and £1.9bn was dished out to charities, which included
£1.2bn to help fight Covid, the largest non-government contribution made to the pandemic relief effort.
Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said: “The National Lottery has demonstrated incredible resilience to achieve this record performance.”