Record £8b in Sales for UK National Lottery

UK is reporting record National Lottery numbers for 2020/2021, despite COVID-19.

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited came out with a report in which they reveal a record £8bn in sales from UK National Lottery for the period between April 1st 2020, up to March 31st 2021. What stands out is the record breaking number of £8.4bn, which is a £468.8m increase in comparison to 2019/2020. Moreover, what is even more admiring, is the 42.8% increase in digital sales, or up to £3.5bn. So it is safe to say that the investment by Camelot in March 2020 into the digital channel certainly is paying off. For that matter, we are noticing an all around increase in several gaming sectors all across the UK.

All six drawn-based games that Camelot offers are noticing a rise in revenue. Specifically, there is a £153.6m increase, or to £4.7bn. The major contributor for this is definitely the Lotto, thanks to the new feature introduced back in November 2020. Consequently, as a result nearly one million players won extra cash prizes in the amount of £5.

And speaking of prizes, Camelot is to ‘blame’ for creating 389 millionaires for 2020/2021. More specifically, they awarded a total of £4.9bn in prizes, which consequently is the new record. That is £349.7m more in regard to 2019/2020.

Furthermore, when speaking of digital sales, mobile sales are noticing record numbers as well. £2.48bn to be precise, with a staggering £876.4m increase in revenue.

In-store sales are one of those departments that are reporting decline in numbers. In particular, there is a 18.9% drop at the half-year mark. This amounts to a total of £4.86bn for 2020/2021, which is obviously less than the £5.45bn one year before. Consequently, this was one of the major reasons for the 10.7% retail sales decline in 2020/2021. Yet, it is good to mention that this sector is finally recovering from the negative effects, and it’s already reporting stronger numbers.

Finally, there are the unclaimed prizes. For 2020/2021 they amount to £1.89bn, or £36m per week. And luckily, these funds will yet again go into the charity Good Causes. And with the Lottery Duty exceeding historic £1bn, it has already contributed towards a record £3.1bn, which of course will go into helping individuals and organizations. When asked about the matter, the chairman of Camelot, Sir Hugh Robertson, said the following:

This is the fourth consecutive year of rising sales since our strategic review in 2017. The National Lottery has delivered for the UK again this year, with the highest-ever returns for Good Causes from sales alone. A remarkable £1.2bn has been distributed to help the country respond to the impact of coronavirus. Without this money, many organizations would have ceased to function

Sir Hugh Robertson – Chairman of Camelot UK Lotteries

The new record £8bn Lottery sales in UK are definitely good news. This serves as a ray of hope, and as a reminder that not everything is grim or negative, from the 2020 we all wish to forget.

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