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.
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