Dec 13, 2017

Lottery good causes income down 15% as players shun draws

The National Lottery has raised less money for good causes as players turned from draw-based games to scratchcards, the public spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office said lottery owner Camelot's good causes income fell 15% to £1.6bn in the year to April. Camelot told auditors scratchcards, where sales fell by 2% last year, gave a smaller amount to good causes than the draw, where sales fell by 13%. Camelot said it "Publicly acknowledged" the need to support good causes. A Camelot spokesman said it had reviewed the business and planned to get the National Lottery back into growth next year - "Raising as much money as possible for good causes." The report said Camelot's "Overarching objective" was to maximise returns for good causes - but that income was predicted to fall again next year.

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