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Add-on games stem UK Lottery sales decline

Sep 16, 2003, 3:52 am

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UK National Lottery sales have stabilized even though the main Lotto draw suffered yet another fall, operator Camelot says.

Latest figures show sales across all Lottery games averaged £85 million a week, matching the previous quarter.

But they are still a long way down from a peak of around £100 million a week towards the end of the 1990s.

Lotto, the main draw, sold around a million fewer tickets a week in April to June this year than in the previous three months - from an average £61 million a week in January to March this year to £60 million.

Despite repeated claims from Camelot that falling Lotto sales are "inevitable", the game still accounts for almost three-quarters of the Lottery's total revenue.

There was better news for non-Lotto games, which managed to offset Lotto's fall.

Thunderball, launched in 1999, increased average weekly sales from £6.6 million in January to March this year to £6.7 million in April to June.

Scratchcard sales were up from £11 million a week to £11.5 million over the same period and Lotto Extra from £1.5 million a week to £1.6 million.

Sales across all Lottery games were £1.1 billion between April and June, matching the last quarter and in line with the same time last year.

Camelot said in a statement: "This is a solid start to the year. We have achieved exactly what we said we would and stemmed the decline in sales, quarter on quarter. Overall sales have held firm this quarter at £85 million a week."


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