Decline of UK Lottery Sales Starts to Slow

Much has been made in recent times about the National Lottery, the fall in sales and mostly the effect that it has had on Good Causes and the amount charitable organisations get from the National Lottery. However, we have some good news today as Camelot state that the decline has slowed and ticket sales are back into growth after some challenging times.

Falling trust in the Lotto, increased ticket prices and the popularity of online games had all contributed to the lottery’s woes with a sales decline since mid-2017. Camelot were expecting a further sales decline this year, but the situation has turned and Camelot are reporting growth after a strategic review.

Camelot announced that that ticket sales from 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018 were £6.95bn an increase of more than £26m on the previous year, which they say is an early indication that the strategic review is yielding results.

The review was put in place by Nigel Railton, chief executive of Camelot. He took on the role in November last year replacing Andy Duncan who left the organisation after a run of poor ticket sales saw good causes funding fall by 4.7 per cent.

Big Causes and the worries caused by the fall in funding is what has powered this review. As the lottery has now run for more than twenty years, many organisations have come to rely on the lottery grants they receive. Many charities were dismayed at the fall in funding, and while this is only a small turnaround with much work to be done, it is a step in the right direction for the UK Lotto.

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