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National Lottery Sees Year-on-Year Rise in Contributions to Good Causes

Players across Europe are eyeing up a tasty EuroMillions jackpot of £21 million (€30 million) tonight as they look to become the first top prize winner since a UK ticket holder scooped £28.5 million (€40.2 million) in the draw on Friday 14th August. However, players aren’t the only ones who can boost their bank accounts thanks to EuroMillions.

From every £1 spent on UK National Lottery games, such as EuroMillions, Lotto and Thunderball, 28p is ring-fenced to help finance charities and life-changing projects across the country. The National Lottery Distribution Fund, which holds the cash that will be distributed to these good causes, was paid £451.7 million from ticket sales between April and June 2015, three percent more than in the same period last year.

Increased revenue from EuroMillions was cited by the Gambling Commission as a key reason behind the rise in the underlying weekly rate during the time period, although contributions from Lotto also topped up last year’s total.

More than 450,000 projects across the country have benefited from lottery funding since 1994, with £34 million raised every week to support various initiatives. Good causes helped by lottery funding range from The Daisy Chain Stitchers, a group in Wigan that brings together all generations to enjoy a shared love of craft, to the 2012 London Olympics! Find out more about the worthy causes supported when you play EuroMillions in the UK at the Good Causes page.

EuroMillions tickets for tonight’s draw are on sale now up until 7:30pm BST (8:30pm CEST). Not only will you be helping to change people’s lives for the better through your contributions to the National Lottery Good Causes Fund, you could just bag yourself a £21 million windfall too!

Published: Tue, 25 August 2015 - 10:09am
Last Updated: Wed, 12 April 2023 - 3:26pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com

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