Government Proposes Increasing Society Lottery Prizes

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK has opened a consultation on society lotteries such as the Health Lottery to suggest they are allowed to increase the amount they take in ticket sales and the maximum they can hand out as prizes.

The recommendation is that society lottery draws should be allowed to raise the maximum sales from £10,000,000 to £100,000,000 and increase the amount per draw up to £5,000,000. It also suggests increasing the prize limit from £400,000 to £500,000.

Camelot is dismayed at the proposals and has appealed to the government to put a stop to the move, which they say will cost them money for good causes and affect sales. However, it’s thought that the move will increase the amount society lotteries raise for good causes, ultimately ensuring there is more money for charitable causes.

Society lottery draws such as the Health Lottery and The People’s Postcode Lottery have raised millions for good causes, making a difference up and down the UK. The move has been welcomed by the Institute of Fundraising who say the current system restricts the amount of cash these society lottery draws can raise for charity.

The government has been suggesting changes since 2014 when it first put forward the proposal to give society lotteries more freedom. They also suggest greater transparency on ticket sales and good causes, which will hopefully be addressed in this consultation. Nothing is likely to change immediately, the consultation closes on 7th September and you can bet Camelot will be attempting to block it every step of the way.

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