UK National Lottery operator Camelot posts record first-half sales


National Lottery operator Camelot has reported record half-year results, boosted by sales for the £170 million EuroMillions prize won by a single UK player last month.

Both ticket sales and returns to good causes have risen, according to half-yearly results for the National Lottery, but Camelot would not discuss profits in the same time period.

The figures show that, in the first six months of the 2019/20 financial year – between April 1 and September 29 – ticket sales rose by 13.5% to £3.9 billion while returns to good causes increased by 10.5% to £876.8 million, £83.6 million more than the same period last year.

Prizes to players increased by 13.4% – a total of £2.2 billion, and £265.3 million more than last year.

Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said: ‘It’s 25 years to the day since we started selling tickets for that first Lotto draw, and our record half-year performance clearly shows that the National Lottery is in its best ever shape.

‘Not only are sales up across the board, but we’ve also delivered over £3.2 billion to good cause projects, players and retailers in just six months – underlining the incredible difference that, over two decades on, the National Lottery continues to make to the lives of people and communities throughout the UK.’