MPs Say More Lottery Cash Should go to Good Causes

A cross-party committee of MPs has suggested that the government’s Gambling Commission should pressure Camelot to change the rules to give more money to Good Causes. A slump in ticket sales means that while profits are rising, the money given to Good Causes is falling, causing alarm among those who rely on lottery funding to survive.

The Public Accounts Committee say that because the lottery licence is overly long and inflexible it’s taking too long to respond to the consumer changes, which have seen lottery funding for Good Causes drop 15% in the last twelve months. Over the same period, Camelot’s profits have increased 122% from £39,000,000, to £71,000,000.

Following this news the PAC has made a series of recommendations including suggesting that the Gambling Commission take steps to ‘seek a fair return’ for Good Causes, including ensuring the next lottery licence is flexible enough to ensure this.

The PAC also suggested that Camelot should be doing more to support gambling addiction education, warning that the low stakes of the lottery and scratchcards made them tempting for teenagers and therefore the perfect gateway to problem gambling.

Raising money for good causes was one of the principle aims of the lottery when it was brought into existence in 1994, but in the last couple of years the lottery has been beset with controversy, criticism and falling ticket sales. Foreign ownership, rule changes, increased ticket prices and falling money for the Good Causes fund have been too serious for players to ignore and many are turning away from the Lotto.

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