UK Lottery sets sales record

Mar 4, 2011, 9:29 am (5 comments)

UK National Lottery

UK National Lottery operator Camelot said a new-look Thunderball game and two special UK Millionaire Super Raffles have helped it achieve record ticket sales this year.

Camelot, which runs games including Lotto and National Lottery scratchcards, said it expects sales for the year to March 31 to hit £5.7 billion (US$9.3 billion), breaking the previous record of £5.5 billion set 13 years ago.

The group said the strong performance came at a time when most lotteries worldwide are reporting static or declining sales and came after its best-ever third-quarter sales performance.

Camelot, which is owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, was awarded the National Lottery franchise in 1993 and sells tickets through 28,500 retailers across the UK.

It said the new Thunderball game, which is similar to the core Lotto game, had been popular after its re-launch in May with a bigger top prize of £500,000. The UK Millionaire Super Raffle, held twice in November and on Christmas Eve, also helped sales and created 10 millionaires and 25 millionaires respectively.

Dianne Thompson, Camelot chief executive, said: "This year's performance reinforces our position as one of the world's leading lottery operators and ensures that the National Lottery remains one of the world's most consistently successful operations of its kind."

Total National Lottery sales have increased by 17.9% since 2002, Camelot said, while the number of players has grown by 5% in the last five years.

Payouts to good causes will hit £1.5 billion in the financial year, while prize money will reach £2.9 billion. Retail is still the company's largest sales channel and the company expects to grow sales by 3% in the next financial year.

Earlier this week, Camelot's hopes of offering extra services were dashed after regulators refused the move due to serious competition concerns.

Camelot had been fighting to overturn a provisional decision by the National Lottery Commission (NLC) last July to block proposals to provide mobile phone top-ups and electronic bill payments. But the NLC said that, following legal advice, it believed Camelot's plans would breach European competition law.



maringoman's avatarmaringoman

Thats a lot of bread. The most interesting thing is that UK doesn't tax the lottery winnings meaning that they will be considered your regular income and taxed at the regular rate. Isn't that just lovely? I bet they dont even have this 'lump sum grab' nonsense that we have here in United States that sees lottery winnings shrivel to a third of the advertised jackpot Disapprove

savagegoose's avatarsavagegoose

if i recal you can buy lotto str8 off your cable tv box. over there.

buttercake's avatarbuttercake

Quote: Originally posted by savagegoose on Mar 4, 2011

if i recal you can buy lotto str8 off your cable tv box. over there.

Camelot no longer sell tickets via cable tv, you can only check the results via this means.  Nice to read record sales have gone up which is great, I believe more people are playing due to our new government increasing our taxes and making it difficult for people who are not well off struggling to survive, everything around us in the UK has risen in price, from the food we eat to the petrol we buy, we are being ripped off left right and center by the high prices we pay, so everyone who isn't on our prime minister salary feels the lottery is the next best thing to coming out from the world of continuous struggling, working and having nothing left to live on as all our wages have gone on bills, loans, transportation etc, so playing the lottery is the opportunity of winning big to live that lifestyle many of us dream of but only a few actual achieve.

mightwin's avatarmightwin

I think thats why we all live the dream.

myturn's avatarmyturn

I am not surprised at the success of the UK lottery. I play the UK lottery by subscription, they make it very convenient to do so. I choose my number and they deduct the cost from my bank account monthly by direct debit, and prizes are credited to my account and they sent me an email notice, unless I win a jackpot which I have to collect in person. I haven't won any big prizes yet, but if and when I do, it is nice to know can remain anonymous, my identity will not be revealed without my permission.


US lotteries please take note!

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