Camelot has announced that its 47,000 retail partners have helped it to achieve record National Lottery ticket sales.
For the 2014/15 financial year ticket sales reached £7.27bn, an increase of £564m on the previous year. Over the same period, National Lottery Good Causes and players shared £5.17bn, the highest result yet.
In the year to 31 March 2015, Camelot raised £1.79bn (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes, taking the total delivered to date to over £33bn. National Lottery funding has now enabled more than 450,000 awards to be made across the UK.
In-store total sales grew by almost 7% to a record £5.9bn in 2014/15. This performance was driven by strong sales of the resurgent flagship lotto game, which following its relaunch in October 2013 has shown two years of consecutive growth.
The Health Lottery commented on these figures, it said: “These record ticket sales are testament to the fact that the increase of society lotteries, such as the Health Lottery, has introduced some healthy competition and in doing so, really contributed to growth within this category. So far £64m has been raised by the Health Lottery, for causes important to local communities across the UK and we hope to only see this figure rise over the coming years.”
Camelot also succeeded in growing sales of instant play games to £2,6bn, an increase of £487m on the previous year. In retail this was driven by the launch of 45 new scratch cards, higher prize payouts and the completion of the company’s roll-out of roughly 10,000 standalone outlets.
Duncan Malyon, sales director at Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “In what has been a relatively flat retail market, we are absolutely delighted to have achieved record sales thanks to the fantastic efforts of our retail partners. The National Lottery is all about changing lives – and, having raised almost £1.8bn for National Lottery projects and awarded over £4bn in prize money to our players during the year, we’re delivering on that promise.
“We want to build on this year’s exceptional performance, and deliver even more for winners and society in the years to come – and help our retailers to add even greater value to their businesses in the process.”