UK National Lottery Celebrates a Quarter Century
The UK National Lottery celebrated its 25th birthday! The first draw took place on November 19th 1994 and the lottery has since paid out an incredible £71 billion in prize money to winners across all National Lottery games in the UK. This amount has created roughly 5500 brand new millionaires and multi-millionaires with an average of seven new millionaires being made every week! That’s one millionaire per day!
Money for a Good Cause
The UK National lottery however, does not just make players incredibly wealthy; they also have an extraordinary impact by contributing millions each week to good causes across the UK. Since their first draw they have helped give over £40 billion to good causes; that roughly £3000 of National Lottery funding every minute, or £50 per second! The lottery system has far more to it than just selling tickets and making people rich. Lotteries give back to the people by helping out communities and enabling growth, education, and support for worthy causes.
Here are some of the way in which the UK National Lottery has helped over the last 25 years:
- More than £1.2 billion has been invested in 25 000 good causes in Ireland across the arts, sport, community, and heritage sectors.
- Scotland has seen more than £3.1 billion invested in over 64 000 good causes.
- It was National Lottery funding which contributed roughy £2.2 billion towards the staging of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.
- Over £8 billion has been awarded to more than 44 000 heritage projects via The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
- Since 1994, £829 million has been given to projects that conserve natural heritage across the UK.
- The UK National Lottery also funded over 28 700 projects which have supported veterans over tha past 25 years.
- All UK National Lottery players have helped charities across the UK by raising an incredible £10.3 billion. 80% of all grants have gone to smaller charities.
- In total, the National Lottery grants have been awarded to over 535 000 good causes – if you don’t believe us, there is a searchable database of every grant given out since 1994 on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport website!
The UK National Lottery includes Euromillions, Lotto, scratchcards, and online interactive instant-win games. Scratchcards can cost anything between £1 – £5. Online instant-win games cost anything from 25p to £10.
You can purchase lottery tickets/scratchcards from from retailers throughout the UK – just look for the crossed fingers logo. There are roughly 45 000 retailers currently available.
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