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Win Big and Help Good Causes with Tonight’s £28.5 Million Lotto Draw

Last Updated: Wednesday 16th December 2015, 09:54 am

Lotto fans are champing at the bit for tonight’s £28.5 million octuple-rollover draw to take place. However, even if your numbers do not come up this evening and you still have to trudge into work tomorrow, you can feel proud that you have added to the £34 billion raised for good causes since the game began in 1994. 

A recently issued report shows that money transferred to the National Lottery Distribution Fund from sales of tickets for Lotto, EuroMillions, Lotto Hotpicks, Thunderball and instant games, as well as from unclaimed lottery prizes, totalled £1.8 billion in the financial year to 31st March 2015, up from £1.7 billion the previous year. The fund also received further income from from investments it had made using existing assets as well as from commercial activities performed under the National Lottery umbrella. Its accounts showed it had passed a total of £1.929 billion to charitable and community projects during 2014-15.

Of the money issued by the National Lottery Distribution Fund, 40 percent is received by the Big Lottery Fund and spent on grants for charities as well as health, educational and environmental concerns. The National Heritage fund takes 20 percent to share out within its field and the arts and sport receive 20 percent each as well.

Recent awards include £4,810 donated to the National Autistic Society in Dundee and Angus to help run weekly football sessions for adults and children with the disorder and their siblings. The Trussell Trust also received £748,423 from the fund in order to offer additional educational services at its foodbanks, which are expecting huge levels of demand over the festive period.

You can read more about how your ticket money helps organisations across the country at the Good Causes page.

For your chance to scoop a massive lottery prize this week, as well as to donate more funds to worthy projects, you can buy Lotto tickets online and at authorised retailers. Sales close at 7:30pm, so make sure you act quickly and, by this time tomorrow, you could be a millionaire!

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