|Posted: October 18, 2005, 6:50 am - IP Logged|LOTTO fund chiefs were blasted yesterday for hoarding a staggering £2.4BILLION.
The astonishing sum sits in bank accounts while groups desperate for cash are snubbed.
Furious organisations rejected for handouts branded it “a national scandal”.
And Tory MP Edward Leigh said: “Lottery money shouldn’t be in a bank account doing nothing.”
He sits on the Public Accounts Committee who were horrified to discover the huge sum.
The Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team were refused £200,000 — for not saving enough asylum seekers or ethnic minorities.
Their leader, Tony Bond, said: “It’s appalling that causes like ours are refused when they’re sitting on a mountain of money. I spend my pound on the lottery thinking it’s going to good causes — not in a black hole.
“It’s more than a disgrace — it’s a national scandal.”
The 28p from every ticket sale that goes to good causes adds up to £1.4billion a year.