Total National Lottery sales were up by 13.5 percent in the first six months of 2019-20 fiscal, Camelot announced in its results.
Continuing the successive growth of last two years, sales reached a record £3.9 billion in the six months to 28 September, an increase of £465 million on the first half of the previous financial year.
“It’s 25 years to the day since we started selling tickets for that first Lotto draw (14 November 1994), and our record half-year performance clearly shows that The National Lottery is in its best-ever shape,” commented Nigel Railton, chief executive of Camelot.
“Not only are sales up across the board, but we’ve also delivered over £3.2 billion to Good Cause projects, players and retailers in just six months – underlining the incredible difference that, over two decades on, The National Lottery continues to make to the lives of people and communities throughout the UK.
Railton credited the strategic review undertaken by the company for the best-ever first six months.
“I can tell you that the team here that put in place the strategic review is only two years into a long-term plan – so we feel like we’re just getting started,” he added.
Retail channel, which accounts for over 70 percent of all sales, has seen an increase of 5 percent, with sales growing by £132.2 million to £2.75 billion. National Lottery retailers earned £158.3 million in commission over the half year, £11.1 million more than in the first half of 2018-19.