Camelot achieves second-highest ever annual sales


Strong growth in Lotto offset by lack of EuroMillions Rollover luck

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced UK National Lottery ticket sales of £6,730.9 million for the 2013/14 financial year – the second-highest annual total since The National Lottery launched in 1994.

In the year ending 31 March 2014, Camelot raised £1,751.1 million(1) – more than £33 million each and every week and almost £70 per UK household – for National Lottery Good Causes. Camelot has now raised over £31 billion for these projects, with more than 430,000 individual awards made across the UK – the equivalent of 138 National Lottery-funded projects in every UK postcode district. Camelot also paid out £3,636.6 million in prizes to players during the year, taking the total amount of prize money paid to date to over £51 billion and the total number of lottery millionaires created so far to more than 3,500.

Buoyed by a very strong second six months as a result of the changes to reinvigorate Lotto which have succeeded in turning around the flagship game’s long-term sales decline, total National Lottery sales in 2013/14 were the second-highest ever. They came very close to matching the exceptional figure of £6,977.9 million set in Olympics year and almost certainly would have done so had there been a repeat of the phenomenal, one-off sales boosts that the EuroMillions game enjoyed in 2012/13.

2013/14 saw significantly fewer EuroMillions Rollovers than the year before, with only half as many draws offering jackpots of over £100 million, and there was no extended roll series beyond 10 rolls, compared with three the previous year which, on their own, delivered almost £200 million in additional sales in 2012/13. EuroMillions also received a never-to-be-repeated boost in 2012/13 from London 2012, with the special 100 UK Millionaires Raffle held on the night of the Opening Ceremony setting a new weekly National Lottery sales record of over £200 million.

As well as strong growth in Lotto, Camelot succeeded in growing sales of instant play games to a record £2,141.1 million in 2013/14, an increase of 3.8% on the year before. This was driven by the launch of 73 exciting new Scratchcards and online Instant Win games offering a range of different play-styles and price points – with even higher prize payouts.

Andy Duncan, Managing Director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved our second-highest ever sales. We always said that matching the one-off performance of 2012/13 would be virtually impossible but to have very nearly done so – and without the feel-good factor of London 2012 and with far less luck on EuroMillions – underlines what a really good set of results this is. In particular, it’s great to see our flagship Lotto game back in year-on-year growth after a long period of sales decline and delivering substantially more money for the Good Causes.

“Having raised over £1.75 billion for National Lottery projects and paid out over £3.6 billion in prize money to our players during the year, we’re fulfilling The National Lottery’s promise to be truly life-changing.  The work we’re carrying out to transform our digital services across all channels – including the imminent launch of an entirely new online platform that will revolutionise the way players interact with our games across all devices – has already seen sales get off to a very positive start in 2014/15 and gives us an excellent platform to deliver even more for winners and society in the years to come.”

(1)Subject to audit; figures do not include investment returns on National Lottery balances which are reported separately.

Notes to Editors:

  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • Each week, Camelot generates over £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £31 billion has now been raised and more than 430,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
  • The National Lottery has so far given away over £51 billion in prizes and created more than 3,500 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • Camelot runs the most cost-efficient major lottery in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
  • The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 49th in the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the seventh largest lottery in the world by sales – clear evidence of Camelot’s longstanding commitment to being a responsible operator.
  • Total sales of draw-based games in 2013/14 were £4,589.8 million, a fall of 6.6% on 2012/13.
  • Total sales of instant play games in 2013/14 were £2,141.1 million, an increase of 3.8% on 2012/13.
  • Total in-store sales in 2013/14 were £5,554.2 million, a fall of 4.1% on 2012/13. Accounting for around 83% of all sales, retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel.
  • Total interactive and subscription sales in 2013/14 were £1,176.7 million, a fall of 0.8% on 2012/13. Leading the field of digital lottery innovation and e-commerce, Camelot operates Europe’s largest online lottery in terms of sales. With over six million players, national-lottery.co.uk is one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK.
  • For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: www.camelotgroup.co.uk and www.national-lottery.co.uk
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

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