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 £36 million a week for National Lottery projects. So far, that’s amounted to a whopping £35 billion spread across 490,000 projects – averaging 150 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 £7,595 million in the year ending 31 March 2016:
- £1,901 million was raised for National Lottery projects
- £4,198 million was paid to players in prizes
- £911 million went to the Government in Lottery Duty
- £333 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 2016, the funds were shared as follows:
- Health, education, environment and charitable causes – 40%
- Sport – 20%
- Arts – 20%
- Heritage – 20%