In what has been an extremely challenging year, the likes of which we’ve never experienced before, I’m delighted to report that Camelot has continued to deliver for the whole of the UK by growing National Lottery sales and returns to society to record levels in 2020/21. This marks the fourth year of rising sales, and the second year of record sales, for Camelot since it carried out its strategic review in 2017 – and further cements its position as one of the world’s most successful and innovative lottery operators.
The company has now grown total National Lottery sales by 62% since the start of the third National Lottery licence in 2009 – with annual returns to Good Causes now more than £500 million higher than they were at the start of the licence. In 2020/21, it also delivered more than £1 billion in Lottery Duty for the government – money that is used to fund public expenditure across the UK. This is the first time that Lottery Duty payments have exceeded £1 billion in a single year since The National Lottery’s launch in 1994.
It has been a truly extraordinary year for Camelot – a year in which the resilience and adaptability of our business, paired with our wealth of experience and unique understanding of operating in the UK, shone through as we achieved record National Lottery sales and returns to society, and continued to deliver for the whole of the UK.
Achieving yet another record sales year – and our fourth straight year of sales growth – in a year in which the sheer scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up so many unprecedented challenges is an outstanding feat.