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Ticket Sales Rise

Last Updated: Thursday 29th May 2008, 10:08 am

Lottery Tickets Pen Sales of UK National Lottery tickets have risen by £54.9 million in the twelve months to 31 March, 2008, according to lottery organisers Camelot. The total value of tickets sold in 2007/08 was £4,966.3 million. Donations to Good Causes also increased by £16.3 million, bringing the total raised since 1994 to over £21 billion.

More ticket sales means more chances to win, and the number of people becoming lottery millionaires rose to 130, which is 7 more than were created in 2006/07. This means that the UK lottery has create a total of 2,175 millionaires since its launch.

“This has been a very successful year both for Camelot and The National Lottery – and I’m delighted to be able to report a further rise in sales and returns to Good Causes in the year in which the NLC [National Lottery Commission] put its trust in us to run the lottery from 2009 to 2019,” said Camelot’s Chief Executive Dianne Thompson. “Camelot has a track record of innovation, social responsibility and delivering for the Good Causes – but ultimately we were awarded the licence because the NLC judged that Camelot’s plans were likely to deliver more to the Good Causes.

“The UK National Lottery remains the most cost-efficient in Europe – but we will not be resting on our laurels,” Dianne continued. “We need to ensure that we continue to focus on efficiency in order to deliver even more money to Good Causes. In the next licence we want to offer players a range of exciting games with bigger jackpots as well as smaller prizes, more often – and we are continuing to work closely with stakeholders, players and the NLC to develop our plans. In the meantime my thanks go out to all Camelot employees and to National Lottery players the length and breadth of the UK, who have now helped to raise more than £21 billion for the Good Causes.”

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