The operator of the National Lottery, Camelot has celebrated a record-breaking year in 2012, including reaching its aim of raising £750 million towards covering the cost of the 2012 London Olympic & Paralympic Games.
The funds were raised with Olympics-themed games, and contributed towards a total £2.2 billion of lottery money that was used to pay towards London 2012.
And the six months to September 29th, during which the Olympics took place, saw an 8.1% increase in sales, taking the organisation’s overall total to £3.53 billion.
Good Causes received £952.8 million in that time – £34.5 million more than in the same period of 2011, which has taken the average number of lottery grants given out nationwide to 125 per postcode area.
Major events that helped to boost sales during the six months included a one-off UK Millionaires Raffle in which 100 millionaires were created, as a thank you to the nation for supporting the Olympics.
A quadruple rollover on the flagship Lotto game – the first time the jackpot has not been won for four weeks in a row – may have boosted ticket sales further still.