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Play the Lottery and Get Free Film Tickets on National Lottery Cinema Day

Last Updated: Friday 21st September 2018, 11:54 am

You will be able to use your Lotto ticket to watch a movie for free on Sunday 30th September after Camelot got together with the British Film Institute and the BFI Film Audience Network to organise National Lottery Cinema Day.

The National Lottery plays a key supporting role in British cinema, having funded over 500 films including The King’s Speech, Viceroy’s House and Suffragette. It has also funded more than 4,500 places at the BFI Film Academy and 10,000 film clubs.

The BFI uses the money it receives from the National Lottery to produce, distribute and educate. It offers courses to budding 16-19 year-old filmmakers across the country, while a new partnership has also been established to back Screen Scotland, which has recently produced such films such as T2 Trainspotting.

How National Lottery Cinema Day Works

The BFI’s aim is always to try and make bold and distinctive films which resonate with the audience, and for one day only you will get the chance to go to the cinema for free if you are a Lotto player.

You must have a Lotto ticket purchased between Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th September to be eligible for free entry to the cinema. It is one Lotto ticket per person and the promotion is only available if you are over the age of 16.

You will not need to hand in your Lotto ticket but you will need to have it with you to show employees of the cinema. If you play online, just print off your ticket or show it on your phone. The free tickets are only available on 30th September, and you should check that your local cinema is participating before you visit.

Good Causes Benefit With The National Lottery

The British movie industry is just one of the areas you are helping every time you play a National Lottery game such as Lotto, EuroMillions or Thunderball. The Good Causes Fund receives 28p from every £1 spent on tickets, and the money is distributed to several main categories: health and education, environment and charitable causes; sports; and arts and heritage. The good causes money supports a vast number of community projects in different regions of the UK.

Ticket sales - and subsequently the money raised for good causes - increase when bigger jackpots become available. The top prize in Lotto is close to reaching its £22 million cap after a rollover on Wednesday pushed the jackpot up to an estimated £20 million for Saturday night, while a EuroMillions Superdraw on Friday will see £115 million put up for grabs.

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