Ashbourne News Telegraph

A winning year for the Lottery

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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.”

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