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UK National Lottery operator Camelot has announced its third successive year of sales growth following the company’s wide-ranging strategic review carried out in 2017.

A quarter of a century on from launch in November 1994, Camelot grew National Lottery ticket sales for the 2019/20 financial year (1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) by £698.3 million (+9.7%) – reaching a record £7,905.1 million.

Over the same period, Camelot generated returns to Good Causes of £1,853.1 million – an increase of £198.4 million (+12%), which is even more significant at this critical time as National Lottery Distributors continue to fund vital work across the UK. This commitment will see up to £600 million of National Lottery funding being directed towards UK charities and organisations to help tackle the impact of COVID-19.

“Thanks to this crisis relief package, hundreds of millions of pounds in vital funding has been repurposed to help those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic – providing, among other things, much-needed aid for communities, grants for sport initiatives to keep people fit and healthy, and assistance for thousands of other projects that are in desperate need of funding during this time. Anyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket should know they’ve played their part in making this possible,” Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of Camelot, said.

“Three years on from our strategic review, we are seeing growth across all areas of the business. Crucially, our best-ever sales performance has delivered a £200 million boost to Good Causes at a time when the UK needs it most,” Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot, said.