Life changing

You have supported 510,000 amazing projects

Making sure as much money as possible goes towards life-changing projects is incredibly important to us. In fact, it’s what we’re here for. For every ticket sold, a hefty slice of the money received goes to a huge variety of projects, both big and small – from repairing Scout huts to making Olympic and Paralympic champions.

So, every time you play, the UK wins.

Less than 1% of our total revenue is kept as profit after tax and just 4% goes on operating costs. It’s how we’re able to raise, on average, over £30 million a week for National Lottery projects. So far, that’s amounted to a whopping £37 billion spread across 510,000 projects – averaging 170 for every UK neighbourhood.

As has always been the case, the total amount delivered to these projects depends on a number of variable factors. These include the mix of games sold, whether they’re bought in a shop or online, and the level of unclaimed prizes.

A year in numbers

From total ticket sales of £6,925.3 million in the year ending 31 March 2017:

  • £1,628.0 million was raised for National Lottery projects
  • £3,943.2 million was paid to players in prizes
  • £831.0 million went to the Government in Lottery Duty
  • £299.6 million was earned by retailers in commission

Awarding National Lottery funding

Decisions on how and where funding is invested are made by 12 specialist organisations. These are chosen by Parliament for their knowledge and expertise to help ensure the money goes exactly where it’s needed.

In the year ending 31 March 2017, the funds were shared as follows:

  • Health, education, environment and charitable causes – 40%
  • Sport – 20%
  • Arts – 20%
  • Heritage – 20%

To find out more about the funding made possible by our players and discover projects in your local area, visit

Read our featured National Lottery Projects stories to find out who has benefited from National Lottery funding and the difference it has made.

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